On April 5, 2018, Cecil Percival Taylor died aged 89. He was pianist and poet, regarded as one of the pioneers of free jazz and one of the greatest innovators in the modern music.
On March 31, 2017, “SuperEgo” label released “Mental Illness”, the ninth Aimee Mann studio album. It was recorded in 2017, and was produced by Paul Bryan. On January 28, 2018, the album won “Grammy Award” for “Best Folk Album”.
- Aimee Mann– lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, percussion
- Ted Leo– background vocals
- Paul Bryan– bass, background vocals
- Jonathan Coulton– acoustic guitar, background vocals
- Jay Bellerose– drums, other percussion
- Jamie Edwards – piano, harmonium, acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar
- Eric Gorfain, Marisa Kyney, Amy Wickman, Gina Kronstadt, Terry Glenny, Radu Piepta, Susan Chatman – violin
- Leah Katz Aaron Oltman, Rodney Wirtz – viola
- Richard Dodd, John Krovoza, Peggy Baldwin – cello
- Goose Snow Cone
- Stuck in the Past
- You Never Loved Me
- Lies of Summer
- Patient Zero
- Good for Me
- Knock It Off
- Philly Sinks
- Simple Fix
- Poor Judge
On March 10, 2018, Gary Burden died aged 84. He was artist specialized in design of music album covers, considered as one of the pioneers of the concept of album cover art. He created covers for many famous music acts including The Doors, Neil Young, Mama Cass, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Jackson Browne and Matt Corby. In 2000, together with the photographer Henry Diltz, he made “California Rock: Under the Covers”, a documentary about their mutual work on album covers and participation in the Los Angeles music scene.In 2010, at the 52nd “Annual Grammy Awards”, Burden won the award for “Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging” for the Neil Young “The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972”.
On February 9, 2018, Jóhann Jóhannsson died aged 48. He was composer who was composing music for theatre, dance, TV and movies. Some of his movie works include original scores for “Personal Effects” by David Hollander, “For Ellen” by So Yong Kim, “McCanick” by John C. Waller, “Prisoners” by Denis Villeneuve, Sicario by Denis Villeneuve, “Arrival” by Denis Villeneuve, “The Mercy” by James Marsh and “Mary Magdalene” by Garth Davis. For the score for James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything”, Jóhannsson won a “Golden Globe” for “Best Original Score”. In the period 2002 – 2016, he released nine solo albums.
On February 2, 2018, Dennis Edwards died aged 74. He was soul and R&B singer and musician (piano), member of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dennis Edwards and the Fireballs,The Contours, but was best known as lead singer in The Temptations. Edwards was leading vocal on some of the group’s biggest hits including “I Can’t Get Next to You”, “Ball of Confusion” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone”. In the period between 1984 -1993, Edwards released three solo albums.
On January 23, 2018, Hugh Ramopolo Masekela died aged 78. He was musician (trumpeter, flugelhornist, and cornetist), composer and singer, known as “Father of South African Jazz.” He has recorded 49 albums, and received many awards, including:
- 1968 – Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Pop Performance – instrumental
- 2002 – BBC Radio Jazz Awards: International Award of the Year
- 2005 – Channel O Music Video Awards: Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2007 – Ghana Music Awards: 2007 African Music Legend Award
- 2010 – Order of Ikhamanga:South African National Orders Ceremony
- 2014 – University of York Honorary Doctorate in Music
- 2015 – Rhodes University: Doctor of Music