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Died On This Date (July 11, 2014) Charlie Haden / American Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014

Charlie Haden
August 6, 1937 – July 11, 2014

charlie-hadenCharlie Haden was an American jazz bassist who was most notably part of the Free Jazz movement of the ’50s and ’60s.  It was his work in Ornette Coleman‘s quartet during that time that endeared him to fans and critics alike.  The Coleman albums on which he played been called “game changers”, but it was 1959’s The Shape Of Jazz To Come that is considered a landmark of the genre. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, Haden worked with the great Keith Jarrett, playing on several albums that received critical acclaim as well.  In 1969, Haden formed the Liberation Music Orchestra whose output was more politically based, with Carla Bley contributing heavily.  Haden’s most commercially successful period began in the late ’80s with the formation of his Quartet West.  The configuration released albums well into the 2000s, The list of artists with whom Haden recorded over the years was not limited to jazz and includes Elvis Costello, Ginger Baker, Beck, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr, and Robert Downey Jr.   Haden’s children have enjoyed careers in music as well – his son Joshua Haden is a member of the indie rock band, Spain, while his triplet daughters, Petra Haden, Tanya Haden, and Rachel Haden make up the acclaimed alt-country band, the Haden Triplets.  Charlie Haden was 77 when he passed away on July 11, 2014, following a lengthy illness.

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Died On This Date (January 7, 1964) Cyril Davies / British Blues Musician

Posted by themusicsover on January 7, 2012

Cyril Davies
January 23, 1932 – January 7, 1964

Cyril Davies was one of the pioneers of the British blues movement of the 1960s.  He began his career during the ’50s when he actually played the banjo in an acoustic skiffle group.  He soon switched to the harmonica, eventually becoming Britain’s first Chicago blues style player.  In 1962, he and fellow musician, Alexis Korner, opened the popular Ealing Club.  It was there that they founded Blues Incorporated, a highly influential electric blues band that counted Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Charlie Watts as members over the years.   The club became hangout for up-and-coming musicians like Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Eric Burden who generally ended up jamming together by the end of the night.   Cyril Davies was 31 when he died on January 7, 1964.  Cause of death was either leukemia, lung cancer or pleurisy, depending upon your source.


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Died On This Date (May 18, 2004) Elvin Jones / Respected Jazz Drummer

Posted by themusicsover on May 18, 2010

Elvin Jones
September 9, 1927 – May 18, 2004

Elvin Jones was a jazz drummer who found his fame during the post bop era.  Over the course of his illustrious career, Jones played with just jazz luminaries as Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and John Coltrane with whom he played for six years during the ’60s.  He can be heard on Coltrane’s landmark album, A Love Supreme.  He also played behind several of his own groups over the years.  J0nes’ style was highly influential on rock drummers – Mitch Mitchell and Ginger Baker have cited him as a direct influence.  He was also a tireless educator, often taking part in drum clinics and free performances at prisons.  Elvin Jones died of heart failure on May 18, 2004.

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Died On This Date (May 8, 1974) Graham Bond / Early British Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on May 8, 2010

Graham Bond
October 28, 1937 – May 8, 1974

Graham Bond was one of the driving forces behind England’s R&B movement of the ’60s.  In 1963, Bond formed the Graham Bond Organisation, a band that included Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and later, John McLaughlin.  GBO put out two albums before Baker and Bruce left to join Eric Clapton in Cream.  In spite of the fact that GBO would inspire a legion of future British rock legends, they never achieved much beyond a cult status in the UK.    And the fact that their two albums were never released in the US didn’t help either.  After the demise of GBO in 1967, Bond’s mental and physical condition began a downward spiral, likely due to his substance abuse and the impact it had on his mental state.  He suffered from depression, intense mood swings and erratic behavior, all symptoms of what we would call bipolar disorder today.  By the early ’70s, Bond had been doing session work and formed a band with his then wife, singer Dianne Stewart with whom he shared a growing interest in magic and the occult.  Their band and marriage soon ended as did another promising band called Magnus which no doubt lead to his one-month stay in a hospital after suffering a nervous breakdown.  And then on May 8, 1974 in what many believe to be a suicide, Bond was found dead under the wheels of a train in a London train station.   He was 36.

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Died On This Date (March 17, 1990) Rick Grech / Blind Faith, Traffic

Posted by themusicsover on March 17, 2010

Rick Grech
November 1, 1946 – March 17, 1990

grech.jpgAs a much in-demand bass guitar journeyman, Rick Grech landed the ultimate rock dream job in 1969 when he was nabbed to play alongside Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood in the newly formed Blind Faith. After a disappointing start, Blind Faith disbanded so Grech stayed on with Winwood in the reformed Traffic. However, Grech’s drug use got in the way, so he was let go from the band and went on to do session work for the likes of Rod Stewart, Muddy Waters and Ronnie Lane. By the mid-70s, Grech grew frustrated with his career and tired of the music industry in general so he retired and went into the carpet business. His drug of choice became alcohol which reportedly led to his death from liver and kidney failure at just 43.

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