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Early life and educationEdit
Ricotti was born on 31 January 1949, in London, England, into a musical family and took up percussion, following his father who was a drummer. He came to the attention of teacher Bill Ashton who encouraged him to extend his studies. Ashton would embark on a project that eventually became the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Ricotti concentrated on the vibraphone and developed his talents as a composer and arranger, playing in the NYJO while a teenager and then attending Trinity College of Music between 1967 and 1970.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Ricotti led his own jazz quartet. A line-up of the band featuring the guitarist Chris Spedding, bassist Chris Laurence and drummer Bryan Spring recorded the album Our Point of View, released in July 1969. In 1971, in partnership with bassist Mike de Albuquerque, he released the album First Wind (as 'Ricotti and Albuquerque').
In the 1980s he played with Chris Laurence and John Taylor in the group Paragonne, and played with Beck again in 1984. After this he worked primarily as a studio musician. Ricotti has recorded with artists such as Status Quo, Freddie Mercury, Pet Shop Boys, Swing Out Sister, Art of Noise, The Style Council, Belle and Sebastian, Clannad, Barclay James Harvest, Meat Loaf, Elkie Brooks, Rick Wakeman, Oasis, Tina Turner, Aztec Camera, Thomas Anders, Alphaville and Mark Knopfler.
Between 1984 and 1987 Ricotti wrote the soundtrack music for Yorkshire Television's The Beiderbecke Trilogy, in the style of Bix Beiderbecke. The music was performed by his band, the Frank Ricotti All Stars, and featured Kenny Baker on cornet. A soundtrack album was released in 1988. Later, in June 1993, it peaked at No. 73 in the UK Albums Chart. Ricotti and his band made a cameo appearance in the final series, playing in a jazz club.
Ricotti is known to play congas, bongos, vibraphone, tambourine, shaker, tubular bells, marimba, glockenspiel, xylophone, snare drum, triangle, timpani, timbales, tabla, sleigh bells, drums, gong and assorted other percussion, including ethnic and Latin.
- Our Point of View (CBS Realm Jazz: 52668, 1969) 
- First Wind (Ricotti & Albuquerque), (with Mike de Albuquerque), (Pegasus: PEG 2, 1971)
With Thomas Anders
- Different (Teldec, 1989)
With Madeline Bell
- This is One Girl (Pyre Records, 1976)
- Madeline (Four Corners, 1993)
With Dee Dee Bridgewater
- Dear Ella (Verve, 1997)
With Elkie Brooks
- Pearls II (A&M Records, 1982)
With Emma Bunton
- Free Me (19, 2004)
With Paul Carrack
- One Good Reason (Chrysalis Records, 1987)
- Blue Views (I.R.S. Records, 1995)
- These Days (Carrack UK, 2018)
With Charlotte Church
- Enchantment (Columbia Records, 2001)
With Rosemary Clooney
- Nice to be Around (United Artists Records, 1977)
With Roger Daltrey
- McVicar (Polydor Records, 1980)
With Terence Trent D'Arby
- Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia Records, 1987)
With Sheena Easton
With Bryan Ferry
- As Time Goes By (Virgin Records, 1999)
- Frantic (Virgin Records, 2002)
- Dylanesque (Virgin Records, 2007)
- Olympia (Virgin Records, 2010)
- The Jazz Age (BMG Rights Management, 2012)
- Avonmore (BMG Rights Management, 2014)
- Bitter-Sweet (BMG Rights Management, 2018)
With Julia Fordham
- Swept (Virgin Records, 1991)
With Peter Frampton
- Wind of Change (A&M Records, 1972)
With Delta Goodrem
- Mistaken Identity (Epic Records, 2004)
With David Gray
- Life in Slow Motion (Atlantic Records, 2005)
With Josh Groban
With Geri Halliwell
- Passion (EMI, 2005)
With Debbie Harry
- Debravation (Sire Records, 1993)
With Murray Head
- Nigel Lived (Columbia Records, 1972)
With Elton John
With Grace Jones
- Slave to the Rhythm (Island Records, 1985)
With Joshua Kadison
- Painted Desert Serenade (Capitol Records, 1993)
With Beverley Knight
- Affirmation (Parlophone, 2004)
With Mark Knopfler
- Sailing to Philadelphia (Warner Bros. Records, 2000)
- Kill to Get Crimson (Warner Bros. Records, 2007)
- Barcelona (Polydor Records, 1988)
- The Origin of Love (Casablanca Records, 2012)
With John Miles
With Joni Mitchell
- Both Sides Now (Reprise Records, 2000)
With Oliver Nelson
With Sally Oldfield
- Water Bearer (Bronze Records, 1978)
- Easy (Bronze Records, 1979)
- Celebration (Bronze Records, 1980)
- Playing in the Flame (Bronze Records, 1981)
- Strange Day in Berlin (Bronze, 1983)
With Gerry Rafferty
- Night Owl (United Artists Records, 1979)
- Snakes and Ladders (United Artists Records, 1980)
- Sleepwalking (Liberty Records, 1982)
With Cliff Richard
With Leo Sayer
- Have You Ever Been in Love (Chrysalis Records, 1983)
- Soul 2 (Reprise Records, 2011)
With Status Quo
With Amii Stewart
- Time for Fantasy (RCA Records, 1988)
With Rod Stewart
- A Spanner in the Works (Warner Bros. Records, 1995)
With Tina Turner
With Rick Wakeman
With Robbie Williams
With Amy Winehouse
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