Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Alexander Slobodyanik Pianist
:: Don Helms Steel guitarist
:: Lee Young Jazz drummer
:: John Ferris Organist and choirmaster at Harvard
:: Robert Hazard Songwriter
:: Erik Darling Folk musician
:: Mauricio Kagel Composer
:: Phil Guy Blues guitarist and singer
:: Norman Whitfield Motown producer
:: Michael Ewald Trumpeter
:: Pehr Henrik Nordgren Composer
:: John Peragallo Jr. Organ curator
:: Richard Sudhalter Jazz musician and critic
:: Laurence Gilgun Pianist
:: Norman Whitfield Motown songwriter
:: Jerry Finn Record producer
:: Ray Loring TV composer
:: Peter Glossop Operatic baritone
:: Vernon Handley Conductor
:: Mark Lundberg Operatic tenor
:: Paola Saffiotti Pianist
:: Jerry Reed Country singer and actor
:: Robert Bass Choral director
:: Roy Shirley Reggae singer and songwriter
:: Jack Hutton Melody Maker editor
:: Ralph Young Singer with Sandler and Young
:: Pervis Jackson Bass voice of the Spinners
:: Johnny Moore Ska trumpeter
:: Lita Roza Singer
:: Jim Johnstone Accordionist and band leader
:: Ronnie Drew Lead singer of the Dubliners
:: Jerry Wexler R&B record producer
:: Leonard Pennario Pianist
:: Henry Steinway Piano manufacturer
:: Hector Zazou World music producer
:: Géo Voumard Founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival
:: Rick Wright Pink Floyd keyboardist
:: Earl Palmer Jazz drummer
:: Dorival Caymmi Brazilian singer and songwriter
:: Donald Erb Electronic composer
:: David Hammond Film-maker and singer
:: David Gahr Folk, jazz and rock photographer
:: Clea Bradford Jazz singer
:: Buddy Harman Drummer
:: Bob Florence Jazz composer and bandleader
:: Bill Colleran Music publisher with Universal Edition
:: Bheki Mseleku South African jazz pianist
:: Frank P. “Frankie” Tam Sr. Bandleader

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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Oh boy, I’m waaaay behind on these at the moment.

This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Joseph Shikany Rock guitarist and bassist
:: LeRoi Moore Rock saxophonist
:: Jerry Finn Record producer
:: Isaac Hayes Soul and funk singer and songwriter
:: Lou Teicher Easy listening pianist
:: Horst Stein Conductor
:: Donald Angle Harpsichordist
:: Wendo Kolosoy ‘Rumba congolaise’ singer
:: Earl Nelson Rhythm and blues singer
:: Harris Wulfson Composer
:: Michael Berniker Record producer
:: Joe Beck Jazz guitarist
:: Hiram Bullock Jazz-rock guitarist
:: Johnny Griffin Jazz saxophonist
:: Hugh Mendl Producer at Decca Records
:: Erik Darling Singer-songwriter and folk musician
:: Nicola Rescigno Conductor and co-founder of the Lyric Opera of Chicago
:: Tauno Marttinen Composer
:: Gerald Wiggins Jazz pianist
:: Norman Dello Joio Composer
:: Patricia Zander Pianist
:: Artie Traum Folk guitarist and songwriter
:: Franz Jackson Jazz saxophonist
:: Raymond Lefevre Easy listening arranger, composer, conductor
:: Joseph E. Fields Conductor, composer and pianist
:: Jo Stafford Easy listening singer
:: Jamelão Samba singer
:: Colin Cooper Climax Blues Band singer
:: Stig Olin Swedish actor, director and composer
:: Bobby Durham Jazz drummer
:: Ronnie Mathews Jazz pianist
:: Angel Tavira Mexican folk violinist
:: Margaret Kitchin Concert pianist
:: Edgar Vincent PR man to opera stars
:: Leonard Pennario Classical pianist and bridge master
:: Dave Carpenter Jazz bassist
:: Daihachi Oguchi Japanese drummer
:: Ira Tucker Gospel singer with the Dixie Hummingbirds
:: Cliff Hall Folk singer with The Spinners
:: Nick Sanderson Post-punk singer
:: Jerry Wallace Country-pop singer
:: Bill Reichenbach Jazz drummer
:: Danny Davis Bandleader and trumpeter
:: Nat Temple Clarinettist and bandleader
:: Saban Bajramovic Romany singer
:: Bill Finegan Big band arranger
:: Bill Bolick Hillbilly mandolin player
:: Jerry Cole Surf guitarist and songwriter
:: Earle H. Hagen TV composer and jazz trombonist
:: Alton Kelley Rock poster designer
:: Hugh Jarrett Doowop singer
:: Richard ‘Dick’ Rodgers Folklorist and musician
:: Campbell Burnap Jazz trombonist and broadcaster
:: Alexander Courage Composer of Star Trek theme
:: Esbjorn Svensson Jazz pianist and composer
:: Bo Diddley Rhythm ‘n’ blues guitarist

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Peter Howard Broadway arranger
:: Joe Feeney Crooner
:: Tristram Cary Electronic and TV composer
:: Jimmy Giuffre Jazz clarinettist and composer
:: Humphrey Lyttelton Jazz trumpeter and broadcaster
:: Henry Brant Experimental composer
:: Bebe Barron Electronic and film composer
:: Walter Schenkman Pianist and musicologist
:: Brian Davison Drummer with The Nice
:: Robert Reed Go-go keyboardist
:: Ozzie Cadena Jazz and gospel producer
:: Lili Boniche Algerian singer and composer
:: George Butler Jazz record executive
:: Thomas Humphrey Luthier
:: Danny Federici Keyboardist for Bruce Springsteen
:: Judy Frankel Classical and folk singer
:: Al Wilson R&B singer
:: DJ Froggy Club DJ
:: Cedella Booker Bob Marley’s mother
:: Carole Lynne Actress and singer
:: Marios Tokas Composer
:: Tommy McQuater Jazz trumpeter
:: Wayne Frost Breakdancer
:: Klaus Dinger Neu! drummer
:: Gene Puerling Leader of vocal quartet the Hi-Lo’s
:: Allan Ganley Jazz drummer
:: Jerry Kravat Nightclub owner and bandleader
:: Sam Weiss Record label owner
:: Sergei Larin Opera singer
:: Sean Levert R & B Singer
:: Bill Bolick Hillbilly singer
:: Shusha Guppy Singer of ballads and chansons, and writer
:: Neil Aspinall Head of Apple records
:: Cachao López Mambo’s inventor
:: Alan Dargin Inventor of rock’n’roll didgeridoo

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Gerhard Samuel Conductor and composer
:: Datuk Wan Othman Wan Hamid Al-Khatib Composer of Sarawak anthem
:: Mikey Dread Reggae DJ
:: Ola Brunkert Abba drummer
:: Dorothy Stone Flautist and composer
:: Dennis Irwin Jazz bassist
:: Gloria Shayne Baker Songwriter
:: Howard Davis Violinist and string quartet leader

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Alun Hoddinott Composer
:: Stephen “Static Major” Garrett Hiphop producer
:: Bobby Lee Trammell Rock and roll singer
:: Norman Smith Recording engineer
:: Steve Harris Jazz drummer
:: Leonard Rosenman Film composer
:: Ray Kane Slack-key guitarist
:: William Clemmer Jazz pianist
:: Jeff Healey Blues-rock guitarist, singer and songwriter
:: Giuseppe di Stefano Operatic tenor
:: Joe Gibbs Reggae producer
:: Mike Smith Lead singer of The Dave Clark 5
:: Ivan Rebroff Singer
:: Buddy Miles Hendrix drummer
:: Chris Townson Drummer with John’s Children
:: Josephine M. Salzillo Trumpeter
:: Larry Norman Inventor of ‘Jesus rock’
:: Teo Macero Record producer
:: Yegor Letov ‘The Russian Sid Vicious’
:: Jim Jones Pere Ubu guitarist
:: Allen Strange Electronic composer
:: Richard Westenburg Choral conductor
:: John Brunious Jazz trumpeter
:: Elias Tanenbaum Composer
:: Clyde Otis Songwriter and producer
:: Henri Salvador Cabaret singer
:: Inga Nielsen Operatic soprano
:: Bobby Relf Soul singer
:: Freddie Bell Rock ‘n’ roll singer

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Freddie Bell Rock ‘n’ roll singer
:: Chris Anderson Jazz pianist
:: Talivaldis Kenins Composer
:: Keith Smith Jazz trumpeter
:: Sławomir Kulpowicz Jazz pianist
:: James J. Fuld Collector of rare music scores
:: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Guru to the Beatles
:: Tata Guines Percussionist

Rest in Peace.

Musician Deathwatch

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This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Margaret Truman Singer, writer, President’s daughter
:: Madeleine Milhaud Composer’s widow
:: Tommy McQuater Trumpeter
:: Andy Palacio Garifuna musician
:: Lew Spence Songwriter
:: Evelyn Barbirolli Oboist
:: Pete Candoli Trumpeter
:: Dave Day Monks banjo player
:: Rod Allen Lead singer with the Fortunes
:: Ken Nelson Talent scout and record producer
:: Joel Dorn Producer at Atlantic Records
:: John Stewart Singer-songwriter
:: Joan Ingpen Impresario
:: Jon Stoll Indie rock promoter
:: Mort Garson Composer and arranger
:: Larry Hartzell Musicologist
:: Harald Genzmer Composer
:: Ruth Wallis Cabaret singer-songwriter
:: Sweet Louie Smith R&B singer
:: Pat Kirkwood Musical theatre actress
:: Weepin’ Willie Blues singer
:: Leonard B. Meyer Theorist and composer
:: Carlo Felice Cillario Opera conductor
:: Tyrone Taylor Reggae singer
:: Valda Aveling Harpsichordist and pianist

Rest in Peace.

András Szőllősy, 1921-2007

Andras Szollosy

What with the deaths of Stockhausen, Hitchcock and Peterson in December (and many others), the passing of András Szőllősy on 6th December went almost unnoticed. Coming from the same generation as Kurtág and Ligeti, however, this would not be the first time the Hungarian composer had been overshadowed by his more famous peers.

In fact, Szőllősy was, briefly, better-known than the latter in this country. Before the British première of The Messages of Miss R.V. Troussova on 18th February 1981, Kurtág was almost unknown in Great Britain; what few performances of his music there had been, which included Zoltán Kócsis playing extracts from Játékok, were almost entirely ignored. As Bartók’s posthumous significance and reputation grew, British critics spent most of the 60s and 70s sporadically searching for his Hungarian successor. Ligeti was, at this stage, ruled out on both the grounds of residence and style: not only was a great composer sought, but one who was also unmistakably Hungarian too.

By the late 1970s the efforts of a few supportive critics (including Dominic Gill, Stephen Walsh and John S. Weissmann), seemed to have got, if not quite their man, then at least their school of men. A group of composers, including Szőllősy as well as Sándor Balassa, Attila Bozay and Zsolt Durkó, started to make semi-frequent appearances on the review pages of the British musical press. In an article for the Musical Times at the start of 1981 (‘Messages from Budapest’, Musical Times, cxii (1981), 97–100), Walsh previewed several of the new Hungarian works (including Troussova, Durkó’s Burial Prayer and Szőllősy’s Trasfigurazioni) that would be heard in the forthcoming London season:

New Hungarian music – the music, that is, of the post-Bartók, post-Kodály, post-1956 era – has been nibbling away at the edges of British concert life for a decade or more, without ever really breaking through the outer crust of polite apathy. Thus names like Durkó, Szőllősy and Balassa have grown vaguely familiar to those who frequent new-music concerts, but have hardly managed to establish a definite profile, partly because performances have been few and infrequent and generally (in the nature of things) not of their composers’ most significant or substantial works. The events of this winter therefore represent something of a breakthrough for Hungarian promotion, and, one hopes, also for the music itself.

Regarding Kurtág, Walsh’s predictions could not have been more strongly affirmed: since Troussova his star has risen inexorably, confirmed most recently by the receipt of the 2006 Grawemeyer Award for Concertante op.42. Sadly for those other composers mentioned, Kurtág’s ascent confirmed him at the last as the new Bartók everyone was looking for, and although a worthy claimant his shadow suddenly obscured his contemporaries, who were almost never heard of again in the UK.

Walsh refers to the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Trasfigurazioni (“one of Szőllősy’s best works”) of December 1980, but the composer’s moment in the British sun had already passed with two performances, in 1975 and 1976, of his Concerto no.3 for 16 solo strings (1968). This had already been released on a UNESCO-sponsored recording in 1973, and was the piece that first attracted international notice to Szőllősy’s music. The mid-70s performances drew favourable reviews, including a brief analytical item by Karl Safran for Tempo in 1976, but then that was largely that.

It’s a real shame that Szőllősy’s reputation in Britain didn’t last any longer than this because he remains one of the more interesting of that middle-generation of more mainstream Hungarian composers (by which I omit those members of the Experimental Music Studio, such as Zoltán Jeny and László Sáry, who were doing things in a very different vein). This CD of mid-1970s orchestral works from BMC records is an excellent introduction to Szőllősy’s music, which one could describe as a freer, more expressionistic take on Ligeti’s or Xenakis’s polyphonic sound masses. Musica per orchestra (1972) is particularly impressive. I recommend giving him a go in 2008.

Musician Deathwatch

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The news in December just kept getting worse, didn’t it? This week we bid farewell to the following members of the musical community:

:: Lydia Mendoza Tejano singer
:: Jiří Pauer Composer
:: Oscar Peterson Jazz pianist
:: Hans Otte Composer and pianist
:: Christie Hennessy Irish singer
:: Robert Moevs Composer
:: Henrietta Yurchenco Folklorist
:: Frank Morgan Saxophonist
:: Ike Turner Singer, guitarist, producer and bandleader
:: Jerry Ricks Blues guitarist
:: Dan Fogelberg Singer songwriter
:: Zara Dolukhanyan Soprano
:: Mel Cheren Disco producer

Rest in Peace.