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Obituary is one of the pioneering bands of the death metal genre. The band came from Tampa, Florida, and was founded as Xecutioner in 1985. In 1988, shortly before the release of its first album "Slowly We Rot", they changed their name to Obituary. It still remains an influential band of the Florida death metal movement that arose in the late 1980s. The 1990 release "Cause of Death" has been described as a seminal album in the genre, and vocalist John Tardy is recognized as one of the first vocalists to use an abnormally low growl (compared to the screechy growls used by predecessors Death and Possessed)

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Gabe Baltazar (1929-2022)

Gabe Baltazar (1929-2022)

Gabe Baltazar, a Hawaiian-born Asian-American clarinetist, flutist and alto saxophonist with a Charlie Parker sound who was a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra starting in 1960, died on June 12. He was 92. A clarinetist as a child, Baltazar later switched to alto saxophone as his main instrument. During a visit to New York in ...

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Jessica Williams: 1948-2022

Jessica Williams: 1948-2022

Jessica Williams, a jazz pianist and composer of extraordinary talent and imagination whose style touched on bebop, fusion and the avant-garde, died on March 12, She was 73. Williams was a mystery to many jazz fans and jazz writers—a name you heard every so often but never got to hear live or see on TV. Intensely ...

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Barbara Morrison: 1949-2022

Barbara Morrison: 1949-2022

Barbara Morrison, a soul-jazz singer whose artful vocal control and powerful delivery stunned club audiences and should have made her a household name, died on March 16. She was 72. Born in 1949, Morrison didn't start recording until the early 1970s. By then, a career in jazz and the blues had become a struggle for singers ...

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Carlos Barbosa-Lima (1944-2022)

Carlos Barbosa-Lima (1944-2022)

Carlos Barbosa-Lima, a Brazilian child prodigy whose touch and counterpoint on the guitar were virtually unrivaled and who arranged Antonio Carlos Jobim's music for the guitar in the 1980s at Jobim's request, died on February 23. He was 77. Barbosa-Lima began his professional career at age 12. A master of pop interpretation as well as classical ...

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Ernie Andrews: (1927-2022)

Ernie Andrews: (1927-2022)

Ernie Andrews, one of the last Black male blues and pop crooners from the 1950s who was a frequent performer at Central Avenue clubs in Los Angeles and whose dry, romantic style was a favorite of jazz fans and musicians, died on February 24. He was 94. Born in Philadelphia in 1927, Ernie's mother sent him ...

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Nils Lindberg (1933-2022)

Nils Lindberg (1933-2022)

Nils Lindberg, one of Sweden's finest jazz pianists and orchestral composer-arrangers who collaborated in Stockholm with American jazz musicians including Benny Bailey, Idrees Sulieman and Red Mitchell, died on February 20. He was 88. Among his albums that Americans jazz fans need to hear are Sax Appeal (1960) and Trisection (1962). Most recently, I posted in ...

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Elza Soares (1930-2022)

Elza Soares (1930-2022)

Elza Soares, one of Brazil's most spectacular and beloved pop singers who fused samba, bossa nova and other rhythmic styles and whipped them into a seductive, breezy confection through her charismatic, joyous delivery, died on January 20. She was 91. In addition to her stunning beauty and fluid stage presence, she was able to sell everything ...

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Joe Diorio (1936-2022)

Joe Diorio (1936-2022)

Joe Diorio, a guitarist whose soulful playing on albums by Sonny Stitt and Eddie Harris gave those recordings a special feel and whose pensive, ringing tones and polytextures on solo albums influenced fusion guitarists, died on February 2. He was 85. Diorio grew up in Westbury, Ct., and learned to play guitar at a local music ...

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Beegie Adair: 1937-2022

Beegie Adair: 1937-2022

Beegie Adair, who was one of the busiest unbusy studio and lounge pianists in Nashville who recorded more than 100 albums, died on January 23. She was 84. Unbusy, because Beegie (born Bobbe Gorin Long) played simply with a straight-ahead style, adding a dash of jazz along the way. While not widely known outside of Nashville ...


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