On February 3, 2018, Leon “Ndugu” Chancler died aged 65. He was musician (drums, percussion), composer, music producer and university professor. He recorded and performed with numerous famous artists including Mile Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Hutcherson, Eddie Harris, Patti LaBelle, John Lee Hooker, Donna Summer, George Benson, Robbie Robertson, Syreeta Wright, Hampton Hawes, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, George Duke, Sheena Easton, Peabo Bryson, Joe Henderson, Lionel Richie, Cheryl Lynn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Tina Turner, Patrice Rushen, Jennifer Holliday, Harold Land, Minnie Riperton, Azar Lawrence, Santana, Lalo Schifrin, Julian Priester, Thelonious Monk and Herbie Hancock.
In December 1960, “Verve” label released “Gillespiana”, the 32nd Dizzy Gillespie album. It was recorded in November 1960, in New York City, and was produced by Norman Granz.
- Dizzy Gillespie, John Frosk, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry, Joe Wilder – trumpet
- Urbie Green, Frank Rehak, Britt Woodman – trombone
- Paul Faulise – bass trombone
- Jim Buffington, William Lister, Al Richman, Gunther Schuller, Morris Secon, Julius Watkins – French horn
- Don Butterfield – tuba
- Leo Wright – alto saxophone, flute
- Lalo Schifrin – piano, arranger
- Willie Rodriguez – timpani
- Art Davis – bass
- Chuck Lampkin – drums
- Candido Camero – conga
- Jack Del Rio – bongos
All tracks by Lalo Schifrin
On December 9, 2010, James Moody died aged 85. He was musician (saxophone, flute) and singer, best known for his work in bebop and hard bop Jazz. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in Jazz music including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, Kenny Barron, Jon Faddis, Eddie Jefferson, Johnny Coles, Todd Coolman, Rufus Reid, Gil Fuller, Milt Jackson, Dexter Gordon, Elvin Jones, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Lalo Schifrin, Bobby Thimons, Cedar Walton, Tubby Hayes, and Roberta Gambarini. In 2011, Moody posthumously won “Grammy Award” for “Best Jazz Instrumental album”, for his album “Moody 4B”. The “New Jersey Performing Arts Center” hosts the “James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival”. As a leader Moody released 44 albums.
On November 10, 1997, Thomas J. Tedesco died aged 67. He was a musician (guitar), part of the loose collective of Los Angeles area’s session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew. As he played on hundreds studio recordings, “Guitar Player” magazine described him as “the most recorded guitarist in music history”. He recorded with the Beach Boys, Chet Baker, the Mamas & the Papas, the Everly Brothers, the Association, Bobby Darrin, Barbra Streisand, Jan and Dean, the 5th Dimension, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Ricky Nelson, Cher, Neil Diamond, Van Dyke Parks, Michael Franks, Nancy and Frank Sinatra, Richard Harris, Peggy Lee, Johnny Rivers, Al Kooper, Michael Nesmith, Paul Anka, Don Ellis, Minnie Riperton, Maria Muldaur, Leon Russell, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, J.J. Cale, Quincy Jones, Stephen Bishop, Kenny Loggins, Jack Nitzsche, Sarah Vaughan, Lalo Schifrin, Randy Newman, Hugh Masakela, and Joan Baez. Tedesco performed on soundtracks including The French Connection, Jaws, The Godfather, Field of Dreams, and The Deer Hunter. As a leader he released ten albums.
On August 20, 2009, Lawrence William Knechtel died aged 69. He was a musician (keyboards, bass), a member of the Wrecking Crew, a collection of Los Angeles-based session musicians, and the band Bread. He recorded with big number of renowned artists including Elvis Presley, The Byrds, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Mamas & the Papas, The Monkees, the Partridge Family, Paul Simon, Chet Baker, Jerry Garcia, Dave mason, Nancy Sinatra, Howard Roberts, Thelma Houston, Glen Campbell, Peter Allen, Barry Mann, Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Webb, José Feliciano, Jackie DeShannon, Brian Cadd, Bobby Darin, Art Garfunkel, Stephen Bishop, David Clayton-Thomas, Billy Joel, Barry McGuire, Paul Young, Dolly Parton, Al Kooper, Johnny Rivers, John Denver, Chet Atkins, Helen Reddy, Joan Baez, Alen Roth, and Neil Diamond. Knechtel released two solo albums.
In October 1972, “Philips” label released “The Moviegoer”, the seventh Scott Walker studio album. It was recorded in 1972, and was produced by Johnny Franz.
- Scott Walker– vocals
- Peter J. Olliff – engineering
- Robert Cornford – orchestra director
- This Way Mary (Theme from Mary, Queen of Scots) – John Barry, Don Black
- Speak Softly Love (Love theme from The Godfather) – Nino Rota
- Glory Road (Theme from U.S.A.) – Neil Diamond
- That Night (Theme from The Fox) – Lalo Schifrin, Norman Gimbel
- The Summer Knows” (Theme from Summer of ’42) – Michel Legrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
- The Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti (Here’s to You) (Theme from Sacco and Vanzetti) – Joan Baez, Ennio Morricone
- A Face in the Crowd – (Theme from Le Mans) – Bergman, Michel Legrand
- Joe Hill (Theme from The Ballad of Joe Hill) – Stefan Grossman
- Loss Of Love (Theme from Sunflower) – Henry Mancini, Bob Merrill
- All His Children (Theme from Never Give an Inch) – Henry Mancini, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
- Come Saturday Morning (Theme from Pookie) – Fred Karlin, Dory Previn
- Easy Come Easy Go (Theme from They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?) – Johnny Green, Edward Heyman
In September 1964, “Verve” label released “The Cat”, the sixth Jimmy Smith album for the label. It was recorded in April 1964, in Englewood, New Jersey, and was produced by Creed Taylor.
- Jimmy Smith– organ
- Ray Alonge – french horn
- Earl Chapin
- Bill Correa
- Jimmy Buffington
- Kenny Burrell– guitar
- Don Butterfield– tuba
- Jimmy Cleveland– trombone
- Urbie Green
- George Duvivier– bass
- Bernie Glow– trumpet
- Thad Jones
- Jimmy Maxwell
- Marky Markowitz
- Ernie Royal
- Snooky Young
- Lalo Schifrin– arranger, conductor
- Phil Kraus – percussion
- Tony Studd – bass trombone
- Grady Tate– drums
- Theme from Joy House – Lalo Schifrin
- The Cat” (from Joy House) – Lalo Schifrin, Rick Ward
- Basin Street Blues – Spencer Williams
- Main Title from The Carpetbaggers – Elmer Bernstein, Ray Colcord
- Chicago Serenade – Eddie Harris
- Louis Blues – W.C. Handy
- Delon’s Blues – Jimmy Smith
- Blues in the Night – Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer
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 May 25, 1984, Eric J. Gale died aged 55. He was musician (guitar) and composer, as session guitarist has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names of the music scene, including Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson, Jimmy McGriff, Benny Golson, Van Morrison, Bernard Purdie, Herbie Mann, Yusuf Lateef, Chico Hamilton, Sonny Stitt, Quincy Jones, Al Kooper, Lena Horn, Gabor Szabo, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Esther Philips, Chuck Rainey, Johnny Hammond, Stanley Turrentine, David Newman, Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr., Roberta Flack, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, Bob James, Joe Higgs, Van McCoy, Ron Carter, George Benson, Phil Upchurch, Tom Scott, Idris Muhammad, Ashford & Simpson, Cedar Walton, Stanley Turrentine, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker and David Ruffin. As leader he released twelve albums.
On February 1, 2003, Ramón “Mongo” Santamaría Rodríguez died aged 85. Being a rumba quinto master and an Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist, he has perfomed and recorded with Perez Prado, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Fania All Stars, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Lalo Schifrin and Paul Horn. His 1977 album “Amanecer” won a “Grammy” award, and his hit rendition of Herbie Hancock’s “Watermelon Man” was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame” in 1998. He is composer of the jazz standard “Afro Blue”, recorded by John Coltrane among others.