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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Goodbye Tony Levin

The saddest news today was of the death of drummer Tony Levin. Tony, a drummer whose playing covered all genres in a long and much acknowledged career was last heard in the north east at Gateshead Old Town Hall with the Aki Takase Trio and Keith Tippett.
That the music on that occasion didn't appeal to me is meaningless compared to Tony's magnificent contribution to jazz over the years.
He was a giant who played from the heart.
Tony was 71 may he rest in peace.
Lance.

2 comments :

Sarah R said...

y some strange coincidence I was searching Tony Levin on youtube these last few days. According to this link (Mr Levin's record label), I had been waiting for the release of some of these albums for quite some time now. It was Joyology that was brought to my attention by Lee Goodall as I exchanged mails with him a while back. And I wondered what had transpired. I hope these records can make it to the public. Some worthy recordings there. Sad news...

Sarah

Wes S said...

I was at Gateshead Old Town Hall and it was magnificent, as were all the prior occasions that I had seen Tony in Newcastle and over at the Appleby Jazz Festival. I have the immense pleasure of having witnessed Tony and Bryan Spring playing a two piece drum set which goes down in my mind as one of the finest performances I have ever seen and heard. I spoke to Tony on quite a few occasions and he was always friendly and smiling, a truly warm character. He will be missed. Thanks for the music Tony you certainly enhanced my life for the better.

Wesley

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