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In Memoriam - Page 18

RIP: Sirone

On October 21st 2009 legendary free jazz bassist and composer Norris Jones, better known as Sirone, passed away at the age of 69 in Berlin, Germany. Sirone was part of Revolutionary Ensemble, a jazz group formed in 1971 which featured violinist Leroy Jenkins, drummer Jerome Cooper and Sirone on bass. The group was one of the most innovative at the...

RIP Dickie Peterson

Dickie Peterson, bassist of the legendary rock group Blue Cheer, passed away on October 12th, 2009 in Germany at the age of 63. Peterson had been fighting prostate and liver cancer and developed a fatal infection after a surgical procedure. Peterson’s relationship to music was intense. “I’ve been married twice, I’ve had numerous girlfriends, and they’ll all tell you that...

RIP: Brian Redman

Trial bassist Brian Redman was involved in a fatal car accident this weekend. Trial has been an influential hardcore band since 1994, working “desperately to communicate their infusion of activism, emotion, anger and intensity in a world where people are more comfortable remaining sedate.” A recent MySpace blog post by guitarist Timm McIntosh eulogizes the loss of Redman: “Funny thing...

RIP Mickie Jones

Rock bassist Mickie Jones passed away Saturday, September 5th, 2009 after battling liver cancer. According to his family he died “peacefully and beautifully” in San Dimas, California. From a brief bio on Blabbermouth.net: “Mickie performed on four Angel albums — ‘Angel’ (1975), ‘Helluva Band’ (1976), ‘On Earth As It Is In Heaven’ (1977) and ‘An Anthology’ (1992; compilation). He toured...

RIP Larry Knechtel

Bassist Larry Knechtel has passed away. Knechtel died August 20th at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital in Yakima, Washington, at the age of 69. There is no official report for the cause of death, but it is believed he suffered a heart attack. Knechtel had a long music career as a player and studio musician. He was a member of the...

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RIP George Russell

Jazz composer George Russell has passed away. His publicist has released that he died due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease on Monday at the age of 86. Russell, a MacArthur fellow who is credited with the first theoretical contribution to music from jazz with The Lydian Theory, published in 1953 and responsible for first introducing modal improvisation, taught at the...

RIP Sky Saxon

Bassist and singer Sky Saxon passed away on Thursday in Austin, Texas. He was 63 and had been in the ICU with an undisclosed illness since Monday. Saxon had a long music history: he founded Seeds in 1965 releasing four albums with hit singles “Can’t Seem to Make Mine” and “Pushing Too Hard.” Saxon also played with the Ya Ho...

RIP Hugh Hopper

Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper has passed away at the age of 64. Hugh was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 and had been receiving treatment. Hopper was an innovative bassist with a distinctive fuzz-bass sound. He’s credited as one of the leaders in the prog-rock/jazz fusion movement that included Yes, King Crimson, Pink Floyd and others. Fans can sign the...

RIP Wayman Tisdale

We’re sad to report that former NBA player and bassist Wayman Tisdale has passed away, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44. Tisdale was in the NBA for twelve seasons, followed by a successful career as a jazz musician, releasing eight albums between 1995 and 2008. SWR Amps ran a nice piece about Wayne today on their web...

RIP Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist, Ean Evans

Ean Evans, bassist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, passed away earlier this week after a long battle with cancer. He was 48. The announcement was made on Lynyrd Skynyrd’s web site, and read: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of longtime Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Ean Evans. Ean put up a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer...

RIP George Kaufman

Nails bassist George Kaufman has passed away at the age of 58, following aneurysm surgery. A memorial service was held on Thursday in Yonkers, NY. Kaufman’s band, The Nails, released two albums in the 80s, including the hit “88 Lines about 44 Women”. He was also a music teacher and owner of Supreme Sound Engineering, a company producing sound modules...

ELO Bassist Kelly Groucutt Passes Away

We’re sad to report Kelly Groucutt, the former bassist from the 1970s rock band Electric Light Orchestra, has passed away at the age of 63. Early reports indicate Groucutt died in Worcester, England, after suffering a heart attack. He’s survived by his wife and four children. Groucutt left his former band, Sight and Sound, in 1974 to join the then...