Richard Tee

A highly regarded R&B and funk session keyboardist, who worked on hundreds of sessions by every major name, He led his own recordings and also worked with studio ensembles like Stuff and the Gadd Gang. A top rate session player, from the mid '60s through the early '90s, when you heard a new tune on the radio with a particularly soulful piano, Rhodes, or B-3 part, he probably played it. In the recording industry he was royalty, a first call musician sought out by top producers.

This gifted pianist, composer and arranger was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 24, 1943. He started playing piano at the age of seven, began performing in high school, and attended the Julliard School of Music.

In 1965, Tee became a Motown session musician and one of New York's busiest studio session musicians. Soon after, he became an accompanist for Aretha Franklin and Roberta Flack.

Tee joined Encyclopedia of Soul in 1974. The group, which was led by Gordon Edwards, was comprised of many of Tee's fellow studio musicians. The band continued to develop and eventually, in 1976, became the highly regarded outfit known as Stuff. Meanwhile, Tee's reputation as master pianist kept him in demand in both the studio and on the live concert circuit. He has been credited as a sideman on over 400 album recordings with such music luminaries as Barbra Streisand, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Grover Washington Jr. and Peter Gabriel.

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Real Time

One Voice
1995

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Inside You

Triloka Records
1989

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Natural Ingredients

King Records
1980

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Strokin'

Triloka Records
1979

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First Love

King Records
1979

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Triloka Records
1979

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