John H. West, one of the most trusted and hardworking classical studio men in the UK has gone to the great mixing desk in the sky.
Many well-known artists, from Menuhin to Andrew Manze, owe him a measure of their fame in a credit list of some 450 recordings. Here is a fond tribute written for Slipped Disc by one of his last artists, the pianist James Rhodes:
So back in 2009 I’m a few months out of a mental hospital, living in a grimy basement flat in South London when by fate, chance, dumb luck I find a manager willing to finance my first ever cd. I had not played in years but knew that I wanted to have a career as a pianist. I think I was still somewhat high from all the medication.