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22 MARS 2013
BOND-TRUMPETAREN DEREK WATKINS (1945-2013)

Av: Anders Frejdh
Publicerad:
2013-03-23
James Bond-filmkompositören David Arnold avslöjade precis en mycket tråkig nyhet för oss. Legendaren Derek Watkins - gentleman, musikaliskt geni och trumpetare till musiken för ALLA Bond-filmer till dags datum - har gått bort. Han blev 68 år.

David Arnold (vårt tack till honom för infon om Derek Watkins bortgång även om det var en mycket tråkig nyhet), som kände Derek väl, minns honom:

"Känd som en av de bästa trumpetarna i världen (musiker i Los Angeles frågade mig ofta om honom), men han var framför allt en underbar människa.

Han arbetade på alla mina soundtrack och plattor - sublima spela, smakfull, högsta och kunde hitta noter som inga andra ens kunde komma nära!

Nu kommer det permanent att vara en stol i trumpetsektionen som kommer att stå tom - en oersättlig musiker, jordnära och rolig man."

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Om Derek Watkins: (hämtat från hans officiella hemsida)
Derek Watkins has an international reputation as one of the best all-round trumpet players. He has played for Johnny Dankworth, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Ted Heath and Frank Sinatra and the James Last Orchestra.

He regularly plays for TV shows and has also given concerts and made recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Recent recordings include a solo album 'Increased Demand' and sound tracks for the Batman and ALL 23 James Bond movies.

He has worked with Richard Smith on instrument development since 1974, and has helped to test every aspect of the new Smith-Watkins designs.

Born Reading, Berkshire (2 March 1945) he is a British trumpeter and session musician renowned for his mastery of the trumpet and flugelhorn. He is best-known for his signature high-note "screamers" on the James Bond themes.

Born into a musical family, Watkins' great-grandfather was a brass player in Wales with the Salvation Army, while his grandfather taught brass at Reading University and became a founder member and conductor of the Spring Gardens Brass Band in Reading, until succeeded by Watkins' father. Watkins was initially taught to play the cornet by his father at the age of 4, and went on to play that instrument in the brass band, winning several awards. He also played with his father's dance band until he turned professional at the age of 17.

Derek rose through the ranks of dance bands to become one of the most sought-after session players in the UK. He has recorded and worked with a wide range of artists, including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, Count Basie, John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, the Ted Heath Orchestra, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini, Maynard Ferguson, Kiri te Kanawa, the London Symphony Orchestra, Oasis, Robbie Williams, James Last, Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, The Beatles, Elton John, Natalie Cole, Eric Clapton, and Kylie Minogue among others.

Derek became acquainted with Dr Richard Smith - Doctor of Acoustics, at Boosey & Hawkes, where Derek had an association with them with regard to the manufacture of their instruments.

Following this period, Richard and Derek went on to set up their own manufacturing company, Smith-Watkins Instruments, where they initially manufactured and supplied both trumpets and cornets to the specific requirement and need of each individual.

Their association has lasted many years and has resulted in many of the top flight players both in the studio world and also in the Brass Band and Military world using the Smith-Watkins instruments.

Watkins has also played key roles in many film scores, including Mission Impossible, The Mummy, Basic Instinct, Indiana Jones, Gladiator, Johnny English, Superman 1 & 2, Bridget Jones Diary and Chicago, where his trumpet solo opens the movie.

Watkins has the unique distinction of having played on every one of the James Bond films, his high-note "screamers" being especially notable in Goldfinger (1964) (which Watkins recorded at the age of 19).

Watkins has recently branched out into composition, in collaboration with Colin Sheen and Jamie Talbot, and their work can be heard in the incidental music for the ITV Drama series Midsomer Murders and library music for KPM Music.

Watkins is currently Visiting Professor for trumpet to the Royal Academy of Music, and gives master class clinics at music colleges around Europe.

Redaktörens anmärkning:
En discography av Derek Watkins karriär finns här.

Bild ovan:
Trumpetmästaren Derek Watkins (1945-2013). © 2011 Derek Watkins, the trumpet Legend.

Om du kan och vill, stöd gärna Derek Watkins välgörenhetsarbete genom att klicka nedan:
www.derekwatkins.co.uk/Derek_Watkins/Dereks_Charity.html

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