On June 3, 2018, Clarence Fountain died aged 88. He was a founding member and leader of the gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama. Fountain and the group have worked with many famous musicians including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, Justin Vernon, k.d. Lang and Mavis Staples. Blind Boys of Alabama won five “Grammy Awards”, and received the “Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award”, and were inducted into the “Alabama Music Hall of Fame” in 2010.
In February 1957, “Riverside” label released “New Jazz Conceptions”, the debut Bill Evans album as a leader. September 18 and 27, 1956, in New York City, and was produced by Bill Grauer and Orrin Keepnews.
- Bill Evans- piano
- Teddy Kotick- bass
- Paul Motian– drums
- Jack Higgins – engineer
- Tamaki Beck – mastering
- I Love You – Cole Porter
- Five – Bill Evans
- I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) – Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster
- Conception – George Shearing
- Easy Living – Leo Robin, Ralph Rainger
- Displacement – Bill Evans
- Speak Low – Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash
- Waltz for Debby – Bill Evans, Gene Lees
- Our Delight – Tadd Dameron
- My Romance – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
- No Cover, No Minimum
On January 15, 2018, Dolores Mary Eileen O’Riordan died aged 46. She was singer, songwriter and musician (guitar, bass, and keyboards), best known as vocalist and leader of The Cranberries. She released seven studio albums with The Cranberries, two solo albums: Are You Listening? (2007) and No Baggage (2009). In 2016 as member of the band D.A.R.K. she released the album Science Agrees.
On October 2, 2017, Thomas Earl Petty aka Tom Petty, died aged 66. He was singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and record producer, best known as the leader and singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He was also member and co-founder of the Traveling Wilburys and his early band Mudcrutch. Tom Petty has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.
In July 1981, “Stretch” label released “Three Quartets”, the 32nd Chick Corea (as leader) album. It was recorded January – February 1981 at “Mad Hatter Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Chick Corea.
- Chick Corea- piano
- Michael Brecker- tenor saxophone
- Eddie Gómez- double bass
- Steve Gadd- drums
- Bernie Kirsh – recording and mixing engineer
- Stephen Marcussen – remastering
- Sonny Mediana,Dan Serrano, Andy Ruggirello – graphic design
- Joel Strote – associate executive producer
- Adam Zelinka – post producer
- Andy Baltimore – creative director
- Darryl Pitt – photography
- Susan Garson – project coordinator
- Richard Veloso – art producer
- Duncan Aldrich – assistant engineer
All tracks by Chick Corea.
- Quartet No. 1
- Quartet No. 3
- Quartet No. 2 – Part I (dedicated to Duke Ellington)
- Quartet No. 2 – Part II (dedicated to John Coltrane)
On May 6, 2004, Barney Kessel died aged 80. He was jazz guitarist, noted for his inversions and chord-based melodies. In his successful solo career he has recorded 31 album as a leader, was member of the group of session musicians The Wrecking Crew, and has performed with many famous musicians including Georgie Auld, Chet Baker, Louis Bellson, Benny Carter, Buddy Collette, Harry Edison, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Hampton Hawes, Woody Herman, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Art Pepper, Zoot Sims, Shorty Rogers, Sonny Rollins and Pete Rugolo.
On December 19, 2000, Roebuck “Pops” Staples died aged 85. Being songwriter, guitarist and singer, he was one of the key figures of the gospel, soul and R&B scene of the 60’ and 70’, and was best known as founder and leader of The Staple Singers. He released four solo albums:
- Jammed Together – 1969
- Peace to the Neighborhood – 1992
- Father Father – 1994
- Don’t Lose This – 2015 (posthumously released)