On January 11, 2021, Howard Lewis Johnson died aged 79. He was musician (tuba, baritone saxophone, bass clarinet, trumpet), member and leader of the tuba ensembles Tuba Libre, Substructure, and Gravity. He recorded and performed with some of the world best known musicians and bands, including George Gruntz, Hank Crawford, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Archie Shepp, Hank Mobley, Levon Helm, Tomasz Stanko, Gary Burton, Gábor Szabó, Bob Thiele, Charlie Haden, Jazz Composers, Andrew Hill, Leon Thomas, Johnny Coles, Taj Mahal, Charles Tolliver, The Band, Carla Bley, John Lennon, Sam Rivers, Gato Barbieri, Jaco Pastorius, Muddy Waters, Dexter Gordon, Clifford Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman, James Taylor, Jack De Johnette, Jimmy Heath, Franco Ambrosetti, George Gruntz, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, NDR Big Band, Ray Anderson, Barbara Dennerlein, John Scofield, T. S. Monk, Mario Pavone, and Chet Baker. As leader he released four albums.
In December 1953, “Debut” label released “Introducing Paul Bley”, the debut Paul Bley album. It was recorded in November 1953 in New York City.
- Paul Bley — piano
- Charles Mingus — bass
- Art Blakey — drums
- Opus 1 – Paul Bley
- (Teapot) Walkin’ – Richard Carpenter
- Like Someone in Love – Johnny Burke, Jimmy van Heusen
- Spontaneous Combustion – Paul Bley
- Split Kick – Horace Silver
- I Can’t Get Started – Ira Gershwin, Vernon Duke
On April 15, 2020, Lee Konitz died aged 92. He was composer and musician (alto saxophone), performing in a wide range of jazz styles, including bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz, noted for improvising long, melodic lines with the rhythmic interest coming from odd accents, Konitz has recorded and performed with many famous musicians including Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Dave Holland, Lennie Tristano, Stan Kenton, Chick Corea, Gerry Mulligan, Claude Thornhill, Ralph Burns, Gil Evans, Warne Marsh, Dave Pike, Attila Zoller, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Warne Marsh, Hal Galper, Bill Evans, Martial Solal, Max Roach, Don Friedman, Kenny Wheeler, Kenny Werner, Brian Dickenson, Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Gary Peacock, and Joey Baron.
In January 1965, “Decca” label released “Folk, Blues and Beyond”, the second Davey Graham studio album. It was recorded in 1964, and was produced by Ray Horricks.
- Davey Graham – vocals, guitar, classical guitar
- Gus Dudgeon – engineer
- Edley Odowd – design
- Crispian Woodgate – cover photography
- David Fricke – liner notes
- Leavin’ Blues – Lead Belly
- Cocaine – Reverend Gary Davis
- Sally Free and Easy – Cyril Tawney
- Black Is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair – traditional
- Rock Me Baby – Big Bill Broonzy
- Seven Gypsies –traditional
- Ballad of the Sad Young Men – Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf
- Moanin’ – Bobby Timmons
- Skillet (Good’n’greasy) – Davey Graham
- Ain’t Nobody’s Business What I Do – Porter Grainger, Everett Robbins
- Maajun (A Taste of Tangier) – Davey Graham
- I Can’t Keep from Cryin’ Sometimes – Blind Willie Johnson
- Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan
- My Babe – Willie Dixon
- Goin’ Down Slow – Oden
- Better Get Hit in Yo’ Soul – Charles Mingus
On October 1, 1975, “Atlantic” label released “Changes One”, the 47th Charles Mingus album. It was recorded in December 1974, at “Atlantic Recording Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Ilhan Mimaroglu.
- Charles Mingus– bass
- Jack Walrath– trumpet
- George Adams– tenor saxophone
- Don Pullen– piano
- Dannie Richmond– drums
- Nesuhi Ertegün– executive producer
- Gene Paul– recording engineer
- Paula Scher– cover design
All tracks by Charles Mingus except where noted.
- Remember Rockefeller at Attica
- Sue’s Changes
- Devil Blues – George Adams, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Charlie Mingus
- Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
In July 1956, “Atlantic” label released “Pithecanthropus Erectus”, the tenth Charles Mingus album. It was recorded on January 30, 1956, at “Audio Video Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Nesuhi Ertegun.
- Charles Mingus– bass
- Jackie McLean– alto saxophone
- J.R. Monterose– tenor saxophone
- Mal Waldron– piano
- Willie Jones– drums
- Tom Dowd, Hal Lustig – recording engineering
All tracks by Charles Mingus except where noted.
- Pithecanthropus Erectus
- A Foggy Day – George Gershwin
- Profile of Jackie
- Love Chant
In June 1976, “Epic” label released “Wired”, the third Jeff Beck solo album. It was recorded 1975 – 1976, and was produced by George Martin, Chris Bond and Jan Hammer. The album was certified Platinum in US by the “RIIA”.
- Jeff Beck– guitars
- Max Middleton– clavinet, Fender Rhodes
- Jan Hammer– synthesizer, drums
- Wilbur Bascomb– bass
- Narada Michael Walden– drums, piano
- Richard Bailey – drums
- Ed Greene– second drum kit
- Pete Henderson, Dennis McKay, John Mills, John Arias –engineers
- Geoff Emerick– mixing engineer
- Led Boots – Max Middleton
- Come Dancing – Narada Michael Walden
- Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles MIngus
- Head for Backstage Pass – Wilbur Bascomb,Andy Clark
- Blue Wind – Jan Hammer
- Sophie – Narada Michael Walden
- Play With Me – Narada Michael Walden
- Love Is Green – Narada Michael Walden
On February 19, 2017, Larry Coryell died aged 73. He was guitarist known as the “Godfather of Fusion”. As a leader he has recorded 65 albums, and has performed and recorded with many world known music acts including: John McLaughlin, Miroslav Vitouš, Chick Corea, Paul Santa Maria, Lenny White, Victor Bailey, Badi Assad, John Abercrombie, John Hicks, Willie Williams, Santi Debriano, Yoron Israel, Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, The Eleventh House, The Appletree Theatre, Jim Pepper, Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Wolfgang Dauner, The 5th Dimension, The Free Spirits, Chico Hamilton, Arnie Lawrence, Herbie Mann, Michael Mantler, Steve Marcus, Charles Mingus, Bob Moses, Chico O’Farrill, The Arista All Stars, Simon & Bard Group, Dennis Haklar, Joey DeFrancesco, The Fusion Syndicate, The Wide Hive Player, Kenny Drew Jr., Michael Urbaniak and Dylan Taylor.
On January 6, 1993, John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie died aged 75. He was musician, singer, composer and bandleader, trumpet virtuoso and improviser, regarded as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time. Together with Charlie Parker, Gillespie was major figure in the development of bebop and modern jazz. He has recorded and performed with some of the most important musicians in the jazz history, including Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Stan Getz, Sonny Stit,Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins,Benny Golson, Bobby Hackett, Mary Lou Williams, Willie Ruff, Dwike Mitchell, Art Blakey, Al McKibbon, Thelonious Monk, Kai Winding, Joe Turner, Roy Eldridge, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Clark Terry, Oscar Peterson, John Lewis, Hank Jones, Percy Heath, Roy Eldridge, Machito, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, Count Basie, Freddie Hubbard, Arturo Sandoval, Phil Woods, Moe Koffman, United Nation Orchestra, Jackie McLean, Percy Heath, Ron Holloway, Ed Cherry, John Lee, Ignacio Berroa, Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Mike Longo, Manhattan Transfer, Carmen McRae, Katie Bell Nubin, Mongo Santamaria, Woody Shaw, Lillian Terry and Randy Weston.
On January 3, 2016, Hyman Paul Bley died aged 83. He was pianist best known as one of the most important figures of the free jazz movement of the 60s and for his innovations and influence on trio playing. He has recorded and performed with many famous musicians, including: Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, Percy Heath, Al Levitt, Dave Pike, Charlie Haden, Lennie McBrowne, Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, Charlie Haden, Billy Higgins, Steve Swallow, Pete LaRoca, Dewey Johnson, Marshall Allen, Eddie Gómez, Milford Graves, Kent Carter, Barry Altschul, Mark Levinson, Paul Motian, Billy Elgart, John Gilmore, Annette Peacock, Dick Youngstein, Glen Moore, Frank Tusa, Steve Hass, Bobby Moses, Han Bennink, Dave Holland, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Bruce Ditmas, Jimmy Giuffre, Bill Connors, Lee Konitz, George Cross McDonald, Chet Baker, John Scofield, Jesper Lundgaard, Aage Tanggaard, John Surman, Bill Frisell, Ron McClure, John Abercrombie, Red Mitchell, Michal Urbaniak, Bob Cranshaw, Keith Copeland, Hans Koch, Franz Koglmann, Tiziana Ghiglioni, Tony Oxley, Jane Bunnett, Herbie Spanier, Geordie McDonald, Evan Parker, Barre Phillips, Furio Di Castri, David Eyges, Bruce Ditmas, Sonny Greenwich, Rich Perry, Jay Anderson, Victor Lewis, Masahiko Togashi, Jakob Bro, Don Ellis, Sonny Rollins and Andreas Willers.