The Year of Tony Bennett mourns the passing of noted record producer and sound engineer Phil Ramone. Mr. Ramone died today, March 30, 2013, at the age of 72.
Phil Ramone worked with great performers from the jazz and popular music worlds, including Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Stresiand and many more.
A musician himself, who was trained at Julliard, Ramone was noted for his ability to communicate musically with artists and creating environments that supported the musicians.
His work with Tony Bennett includes Playin’ With My Friends (2001), The Art of Romance (2004), Duets (2006), Duets II (2011) and Viva Duets (2012). He appeared in his role as producer of Duets II in the recent documentary film The Zen of Bennett.
We extend our condolences to his wife Karen and his sons Matthew, William and Simon.
The New York Times obituary may be read here.