Keyboards, Synths, Saxophone
Richard was a core member and the permanent keyboardist and saxophone player for The Alan Parsons Project beginning with 1984’s Vulture Culture album though the final album, Gaudi (1987), playing on 30 songs. Richard’s sax, keyboards, and synths were a key part of the Alan Parsons Project sound during this time period. Richard also showcased his keyboard wizardry and smooth sax at the only live appearance of THE PROJECT during the 1990 Night of the Proms in Antwerp, Belgium.
Richard has played keyboards, synthesizer, and/or saxophone on albums by a WHOs WHO in the Rock and Pop world including Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Wham, Peter Frampton, Tina Turner, Foreigner, Bad Company, Rick Astley, Sade, Seal, Deborah Gibson, John Parr, Maxi Priest, Boy George, Charlie, Aretha Franklin, Elaine Paige, Tim Rice & Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bucks Fizz, Bonnie Tyler and many more. Richard has also toured all over the world with such greats as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Mike Oldfield and Alan Parsons, to name a few.
Richard has also contributed to numerous successful soundtracks including Ladyhawke, The Man Who Knew Too Little, and Agent Cody Banks 2. He also a well-accomplished composer, arranger, and producer.
2021 through 2022 brings the long awaited reunion of THE PROJECT for their first tour EVER. The tour will be three years and will commence during early 2021 in Europe. The reunion of Lenny Zakatek on lead vocals, Andrew Powell on keyboards and conducting, Laurence Cottle on bass, Stuart Elliott on drums, Richard Cottle on keyboards and saxophone and featuring guests Dave Bainbridge and Sam Blue on guitars and vocals will prove to be the rock music's main event of each year.
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