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Nelson Riddle

Interview One

Three interviews conducted by Les Tomkins between 1967 and 1981 with the American orchestra and bandleader Nelson Riddle. 

Interview: 1967

Source: Jazz Professional 

Interview Text or Transcript

For all the work I do in Hollywood, it's important that I keep a nucleus of the same musicians. It's like my piano at home, which was the first piece of furniture that my wife and I purchased after we were married. We bought that in 1949—and I've had it ever since. An orchestra can become as familiar and reliable an instrument as a well-known, well-worn piano.  You know what to expect from it—which is very reassuring. You're able to write strictly for that.

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