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Richard Gene Williams

Although he never became a "star," Williams was seemingly everywhere during the '60s, performing and recording in a number of high profile situations under such leaders as Charles Mingus, Oliver Nelson, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, and Yusef Lateef. Inspired by bop trumpeter Fats Navarro and saxophonist Charlie Parker, Williams began playing tenor sax before switching to trumpet in his teens. During the early '50s he played around his home in Texas and received his degree in music from Wiley College.… Show more

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