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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

RIP Arthur Blythe.


Saxophonist Arthur Blythe passed away on Monday, March 27. My memory is of hearing him live at the 1984 North Sea Jazz Festival at Den Haag in the company of Don Cherry, Chico Freeman, Hilton Ruiz, Cecil McBee and Don Moye in a band, appropriately called 'The Leaders'.

Although the music was outside of my comfort zone at the time, Blythe's fiery alto playing was, for me, a highlight of the weekend.
Peter Bevan recalls catching the band at Bracknell Jazz Festival that same year. Peter also saw him with the Gil Evans Orchestra in Manchester in 1978. Was Newcastle part of that tour which shared billing with the Stan Tracey Octet?
Arthur Blythe was 76.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

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