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"Hi Igor,unfortunately our friend Riccardo died because of an infarct on last Tuesday. Inconstant sol is his creature too and I think he must be remembered on our blog. He is a real friend and a real jazzman.
Unfortunately I can write just a comment, so if you could write a post on the top of the blog to give this bad news as soon as possible, it'll be a special present to honor his memory. I'm very very sad for this news, and I hope all the blog will participate to our bereavement."
Igor handed me the task as I'm one of the admins of this blog.
So, on behalf of Onxidlib, Sotise, Wallofsound and other contributors to the blog over the years, I'd like to record my deep appreciation of Riccardo's unique offerings. He made his own recordings, many dating back to the 1970s, and he was very much active right up to the last days, travelling to the Saalfelden festival and recording the Mary Halvorson Quintet which was posted here recently. He promised more in the near future, but alas, that may never come to light.
As we are based in different countries, even on different continents, I did not know Riccardo personally, so there is not much I can say. I would, however, like to express my deep condolences to Riccardo's relatives and closest and to all others who knew him.
I would also like to ask followers of the blog who have enjoyed his many contributions over the last few years to record their appreciation and to honour his memory in the best way they can. Comments are free.
May he rest in peace.
on behalf of Inconstant Sol and the music blogger community
Update: Ilario has kindly provided me with this picture which I thought was very fitting. It depicts a group of jazz fans at the Moers festival in 1979. Riccardo is on the upper right, carrying a recording device in a shoulder bag, looking serious and very focused. A man with a mission in the middle of field work. The second on the left in the bottom row is Luigi Zanon, whose photos Riccardo would occasionally use to illustrate his posts. I understand that some of the others in the picture are also no longer with us.
And as regulars may have noticed, one of Riccardo's last posts was the United Front at the Moers festival in 1979.