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Sunday, December 03, 2017

RIP Mundell Lowe

Another chorus of Farewell Blues, this time for guitarist Mundell Lowe who left us yesterday (December 2). I never heard him live although he did play at the Corner House, Newcastle, in 1990 and a session at Peterlee in 1993 with fellow guitar legends Doug Raney, Louis Stewart and Trefor Owen backed by Pete Stuart (bass) and Adrian Tilbrook (drums).
Not that I was unaware of his playing. A Richie Kamuca Quartet album - Richie -  included some fine playing by Lowe. Single string flights, chordal fantasies and solid support by the guitarist made this a positive gem. No surprise that it was Roly Veitch who first drew my attention to it. 
Be interesting to hear from anyone who remembers the above concerts or any other sessions involving Mundell Lowe.
He was 95.
Lance
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2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Following this sad news I dug out an interview with Mundell Lowe in a JJG (Just Jazz Guitar) magazine dated May 2005. It was headed '70 years in the music business'. He really did have an amazing career. He worked with the greats, was a respected session and studio musician and composed and arranged at the highest level. He was a very close friend and admirer of Louis Stewart - he knew just how great Louis was and I'm sure the respect was mutual. And his playing on the Kamuca album is just right. Apparently Richie chose some of his favourite players for that album which he knew would be his last, as he was terminally ill. A beautiful and moving epitaph.
I'm sure I can remember him playing at the Corner House, Heaton many years back but I don't think it was the 4 guitars session you mention. Maybe I'm mistaken. I remember he played a very fine archtop (a D'Angelico or D'Aquisto, the best there is) and had a beautiful, full tone. Anyone remember? Roly

Anonymous said...

Tues 6th Nov 1990. Mundell Lowe Trio at the Corner House, Heaton.
Found the Courier (Newcasle University Student Newspaper) ad for it.
Roly

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