Chris Cornell took his life by suicide on the 17th of this month. He was 53 years old, and left a wife and a couple of children. He was also a fellow member of the Eastern (Greek) Orthodox Church. We offer prayers for a good son who fought a good fight in this life. May …
John Hurt, whose devastating performances in movies like The Elephant Man, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Alien and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone showcased a craftsmanship rare in Hollywood today, died at the age of 77 due to complications caused by pancreatic cancer. The Daily Mail presents the story here.
Modrý Efekt (Blue Effect) were one of the great Czechoslovakian art rock bands of the 1970s. We were given the bad news that their leader and guitarist, Radim Hladík, passed away today. Rest in peace.
Terrible news from Daptone Records. After battling pancreatic cancer for some time, Sharon Jones passed away today. She leaves a body of work that reinvigorated soul music, and her presence will be sorely missed. RIP.
A fittingly appropriate song, as the wonderful Leonard Cohen left this mortal coil today. Rest in peace. You left a legacy that will stand the test of time, like Martin Codax or Josquin Des Prez.
Another big loss in music today. Ska legend Prince Buster passed away today at the age of 78. In memoriam, we play one of our favorite songs by the master.
Photo Courtesy John Munson/ Star Ledger Truth be told, it was engineer Rudy Van Gelder who got me hooked on jazz. I had no idea of that when I started listening. I just heard the music and was drawn to it. I had failed miserably in 6th grade playing saxophone because of my teacher Mr. […] …
She was our pussy. Gilli Smyth has gone off to Planet Gong to join Daevid Allen, who also left this mortal coil a year ago. The Guardian eulogizes her here.
Source: KQED Arts, Bobby Hutcherson passed away at age 75 after a long battle with emphysema. Introduced to the Blue Note fold by veteran alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, Hutcherson quickly joined a loose confederation of creatively ambitious New York musicians inspired by the rhythmic and harmonic innovations of free jazz patriarch Ornette Coleman but dedicated […] …
Terrible news to report, with a hat tip to my friend Terje, who dropped the bombshell. One of Finland’s finest composers, Einojuhani Rautavaara, has died. NPR has more on his passing.