RIP


Jazz guitar legend John Abercrombie has died of heart failure at 72. He leaves behind a robust discography comprising dozens of adventurous fusion albums as a leader and collaborator. A note from the Ottawa Citizen:

Abercrombie had had health problems in recent years, including a stroke earlier this year. John died peacefully after a long illness at Hudson Valley Hospital outside of Peekskill, N.Y., in the presence of his family.

Read more and listen to some excellent playing at the Citizen.

Right here.

Glen Campbell’s health troubles have been well documented and his ultimate passing at 81 was not unexpected, but it stings nevertheless. Here are a couple of thoughts from The New Yorker:

He sang in a clear voice that was particularly well-suited to songs of compromise—anything that betrayed all the strange negotiations we allow in order to move deeper into the lives we want. His dexterity with a guitar—he is an agile, artful picker—never seemed to wane.

Dexterity is definitely one way to put it. Check out this compilation of often blistering, always tasteful solos:

Read more from the Times right here.

Well, this is shocking: Chris Cornell is dead at 52. A solo artist in his own right, Cornell was, of course, known as vocalist and guitarist for Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, and Audioslave. Here’s an excerpt from a statement Cornell’s representative gave CNN:

His wife Vicky and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing. They would like to thank his fans for their continuous love and loyalty and ask that their privacy be respected at this time.

Read the full article right here.

Very sad to memorialize the exalted Allan Holdsworth who has died at 70. Early on the guitarist recorded with the likes of Tempest, Soft Machine, and The New Tony Williams Lifetime, but secured his place as a legend with solo albums like I.O.U. and Metal Fatigue. Holdsworth’s daughter Louise shared the following on Facebook:

We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, granddad, friend and musical genius. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing.

A known beer aficionado, presumably Allan would appreciate us raising a pint and enjoying this live reading of “Where is One.”

Guitarist John Geils of namesake J. Geils Band has died at 71.

From Ultimate Classic Rock:

Boston’s WCVB says that (Geils) was found dead in his home in Groton, Mass. As of now, the cause of death is unknown. (Groton police) do not suspect foul play.

Read more and see some Tweets at UCR.

Right here.

Another absolute legend has departed. Scotty Moore, who was well known for playing with Elvis Presley and who, as the New York Times put it, “virtually created the rockabilly guitar style and established the guitar as a lead instrument in rock ’n’ roll,” has died at 84. Moore’s introduction to Elvis, via Sun Records impresario Sam Philips, was inauspicious. From the Times:

Mr. Moore was not overly impressed but told Phillips that the young fellow had a nice voice and might be worth a try.

Go give a listen to “Mystery Train” and read more at NYT.

Right here.

This one is very tough to take. Rock icon David Bowie has died at 69, just days after the release of his album Blackstar. Bowie’s friend (and one of the few who knew of his ailment), Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, speaking to dutchnews.nl, characterized the legend’s final days as follows, via The Independent:

Bowie was still writing on his deathbed, you could say. I saw a man fighting. He fought like a lion and kept working like a lion through it all. I had incredible respect for that.

Read more from The Independent right here.

Today the Internet is flooded with Bowie’s music and story. Go get some.

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