I was very sad to learn of the death of Phil Ramone. Phil made so many classic records. He was a perfectionist and influenced both how records sound and the way we make them.
When we were putting together our first Real World Recording Week we invited musicians from all over the world to spend a week writing and recording music together. It was quite ambitious and only made possible by the generosity of all those who took part. Phil was one of the first people to offer his services, and he paid his way over to the UK to join us. He took on the production of a Toto La Momposina record, and gave all of his energy and experience to the project. His talent, his passion for music and his kindness were inspiring. We will miss him.