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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bobby Wellins (January 24, 1936 - October 27, 2016)

The news that tenor sax legend Bobby Wellins - and in this case legend means LEGEND - died two days ago on October 27 left me very saddened. A masterful player who weaved his way through modern jazz in the UK, and yet, always seemed to be the bridesmaid and never the bride in the eyes of some of the fringent observers of the jazz scene.
Wellins' playing on Stan Tracey's Under Milkwood Suite, his two-tenor quintet with Don Weller (pictured - Wellins 3rd from left) and many of the quartet sessions both live and on record refute the notion that the Scotsman was anywhere other than in the top echelon of British tenor players.
I have fond memories of hearing him at Newcastle Jazz Festival, The Corner House and elsewhere.
One of those players who, somehow, made their mark without having to hammer it into your skull.
Bobby Wellins was 80-year-old when he left us - sad at our loss but thankful for the legacy.
Rest In Peace.
Lance.

1 comment :

Jude Murphy (on F/b) said...

Saw him loads while we were on the south coast. Always wonderful

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