Richard David Cook
(7 February 1957 – 25 August 2007) was a British jazz
writer, magazine editor and former record company executive.
Sometimes credited as R. D. Cook
, Cook was born in Kew
and lived in west London
as an adult. He was co-author, with Brian Morton
, of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings
(formerly ...on CD
), now in its ninth edition. Richard Cook's Jazz Companion
and It's About That Time: Miles Davis On and Off the Record
were published in 2005.
A writer on music from the late 1970s until his death, he was a prominent contributor to the NME
, the jazz critic for The Sunday Times
and later a music writer for the New Statesman
. Cook was formerly editor of The Wire
, when it was a jazz centred periodical (although it broadened its coverage towards the end of his editorship), and edited Jazz Review
magazine from its foundation in 1998. Jazz Review
continued for a time after his death, using Cook's attitudes as ongoing inspiration and did not name a specific successor (Morton) for six months. Cook also presented a programme on jazz for BBC
local radio GLR.
Richard Cook was formerly the UK jazz catalogue manager for PolyGram
(1992–97) and also produced albums by the trumpeter Guy Barker
. During his spell at PolyGram, Cook launched the short-lived 'Redial' re-issue line of classic British jazz
albums. In 2002, he was responsible for issuing a 10 CD limited-edition set by the American avant-garde pianist Cecil Taylor
of 1990 recordings, 2Ts for a Lovely......