On May 19, 2018, Reginald Grant Lucas died aged 65. He was musician (guitar), songwriter and producer, started his career performing and recording with Billy Paul and Miles Davis. As producer, composer and sideman he worked with Madonna, Models, The Four Tops, Randy Crawford, Rebbie Jackson, Bunny DeBarge, John Adams, Elisa Fiorillo, The Weather Girls, Nick Scott, Stephanie Mills, Gary Bartz, The Spinners, Lou Rawls, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, James Mtume, Carlos Garnett, Norman Connors, Babatunde Olatunji, Flora Purim, Lonnie Liston Smith, Zbigniew Seifert, Masabumi Kikuchi and Shunzo Ohno. As leader Lucas released two albums.
On December 17, 2020, Stanley Cowell died aged 79. He was musician (piano), co-founder of the “Strata-East Records” label, and professor at the “Music Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers”, the “State University of New Jersey”. He recorded with many famous jazz musicians including Gary Bartz, Larry Coryell, Richard Davis, Sonny Fortune, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Heath, The Heath Brothers, Stan Getz, Johnny Griffin, Bobby Hutcherson, J. J. Johnson, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy Owens, Art Pepper, Buddy Terry, Charles Sullivan, Charles Toliver, Roland Kirk, Marion Brown, Harold Land, and Max Roach. As leader Cowell released 34 albums.
In August 1977, “Blue Note” label released “Cosmos”, the eleventh McCoy Tyner album. It was recorded in November 1968, April 1969 and July 1970, and was produced by Duke Pearson.
- McCoy Tyner- piano
- Herbie Lewis- bass
- Freddie Waits- drums, timpani, chimes
- Harold Vick- soprano saxophone
- Al Gibbons- reeds
- Julian Barber- violin
- Emanuel Green- violin
- Gene Orloff- viola
- Kermit Moore- cello, director
- Hubert Laws- flute, alto flute
- Gary Bartz- alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
- Andrew White- oboe
All tracks by McCoy Tyner.
- Song for My Lady
- Shaken, But Not Forsaken
- Vibration Blues
- Forbidden Land
- Planet X
- Asian Lullaby
On May 19, 2018, Reginald Grant Lucas aka Reggie Lucas died aged 65. He was songwriter, musician (guitar) and record producer. As musician he has recorded and performed with Miles Davis, Carlos Garnett, Babatunde Olatunji, Norman Connors, Flora Purim, Lonnie Liston Smith, Hubert Eaves, Roberta Flack, Urszula Dudziak, James Mtume, Gary Bartz, Zbigniew Seifert, John Lee, Gerry Brown and Masabumi Kikuchi. As producer Lucas worked with Madonna, Mtume, Models, Randy Crawford, Rebbie Jackson, Bunny DeBarge, The Four Tops, John Adams, The Weather Girls, Elisa Fiorillo and Nick Scotti. In 1981, Lucas and James Mtume won a “Grammy Award” for “Best R&B Song” for their composition “Never Knew Love Like This Before”, which was performed by Stephanie Mills. As leader, Lucas has recorded two albums.
On April 15, 1996, “Verve” label released “Number Two Express”, the second Christian McBride studio album. It was recorded in 1995 at “Clinton Recording Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Richard Seidel and Don Sickler.
- Christian McBride– upright and electric bass
- Kenny Barron– piano
- Chick Corea– piano
- Gary Bartz– alto saxophone
- Kenny Garrett– alto saxophone
- Steve Nelson – vibes
- Mino Cinelu– percussion
- Jack DeJohnette– drums
- Jim Anderson– recording
All tracks by Christian McBride, except where noted.
- Whirling Dervish
- Youthful Bliss
- Tones for Joan’s Bones – Chick Corea
- Miyako – Wayne Shorter
- Jayne – Ornette Coleman
- Morning Story
- Little Sunflower – Freddie Hubbard