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Died On This Date (January 11, 2012) David Whitaker / English Composer & Arranger

Posted by themusicsover on January 11, 2012

David Whitaker
1931 – January 11, 2012

David Whitaker was an English orchestral arranger and composer whose impact left on pop music as well. Over the course of his lengthy career, he worked with the likes of Lee Hazlewood, Simply Red, the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, and Serge Gainsbourg.  David Whitaker passed away on January 11, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (December 26, 2011) Sam Rivers / American Jazz Saxophonist

Posted by themusicsover on December 26, 2011

Sam Rivers
September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011

Sam Rivers is best remembered as the influential jazz saxophonist  and composer who helped define the Free Jazz movement of the mid to late ’60s.  Born into a musical family, Rivers began playing at an early age.  After studying at the Boston Conservatory, Rivers went on to be an in-demand sideman, playing with the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Freddie Hubbard.  As a band leader, Rivers released several highly regarded albums on such storied labels as Impulse! and Blue Note.  His tune, “Beatrice” from 1964’s Fuchsia Swing Song is widely regarded as tenor sax 101 for aspiring players.  During the ’70s, Rivers and his wife owned and operated a jazz performance studio in New York City.  He continued to perform and record until as recently as 2006’s Aurora.   Sam Rivers was 88 when he died of pneumonia on December 26, 2011.

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Died On This Date (December 15, 2011) Bob Brookmeyer / Notable Jazz Trombonist

Posted by themusicsover on December 15, 2011

Bob Brookmeyer
December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011

Bob Brookmeyer was an American jazz musician, arranger and composer who is most often remembered for his contributions to Gerry Mulligan’s Quartet during the late ’50s.  He went on to work with the likes of Jimmy Giuffre, Clark Terry, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.  In later years, Brookmeyer taught jazz composition at the New England Conservator of Music.  In 2006, he released Spirit Music which was nominated for a Grammy.  Bob Brookmeyer was 81 when he passed away on December 15, 2011.

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Died On This Date (November 22, 2011) Paul Motian / American Jazz Drummer

Posted by themusicsover on November 22, 2011

Paul Motian
March 25, 1931 – November 22, 2011

Paul Motian was a gifted jazz drummer who first came to prominence as part of Bill Evans’ influential trio with whom he played from 1959 to 1964. He went on to play with a who’s who of jazz greats including Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, and Charlie Haden to name a few.  Beginning in the early ’80s, Motian fronted his own trio that included Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano.  He released over 30 albums over the course of his career.  Paul Motian was 80 when he died of a bone marrow disorder on November 22, 2011.

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Died On This Date (November 11, 2011) Michael Garrick / Jazz Pianist

Posted by themusicsover on November 11, 2011

Michael Garrick
May 30, 1933 – November 11, 2011

Michael Garrick was an influential English pianist and composer who was one of the earliest practitioners of merging jazz with poetry recitations.  Mostly self-taught on the piano, Garrick formed his first group while studying English literature in college.  During the late ’60s, Garrick began working choral groups into his music, a style which quickly earned him praise.  Over the course of a career that spanned five decades, Garrick released over 30 albums and collaborated on numerous others.  In 2010, he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.  As reported by Tiny Mix Tapes, Michael Garrick passed away on November 11, 2011.  He was 78.

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