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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Multi-instrumentalist & Coltrane scholar Andrew White dies at 78

Andrew White's career spanned the jazz spectrum and the world of classical music. A respected saxophonist, White recorded and released numerous albums and worked as a sideman with many household names including McCoy Tyner, Kenny Clarke, Otis Redding and Weather Report. On the latter's I Sing the Body Electric, White played cor anglais and on Sweetnighter cor anglais and electric bass. 

A stint working as Stevie Wonder's bassist and engagements playing oboe with classical ensembles kept the Washington DC born multi-instrumentalist busy. 

A noted musicologist, White published The Works of John Coltrane, Vols 1 through 14, 701 transcriptions of John Coltrane's improvisations. Andrew White died on November 11. 

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1 comment :

Lewis Watson said...

Sad to hear about the death of Andrew N. White, I first wrote to him in 1981, bought a few of his John Coltrane transcriptions and some daily exercises for saxophone. He was a a colourful character. A very talented musician, you have to be pretty good to play saxophone with Elvin Jones, Bass with Stevie Wonder and Weather Report [have a listen to 125th St. Congress on Sweetnighter] and Oboe with various orchestral and chamber groups. His collection of Coltrane transcriptions is fairly well known but he also transcribed over 300 Charlie Parker solos and some Eric Dolphy, and was the composer of many works for large and small ensembles, both Jazz and orchestral, and he did all of this as a true independent artist, he published all of his transcription and compositions himself and released his many recordings on his own label. An inspirational man.

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