The world has lost one of its true musical innovators. German electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze has died at the age of 74. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the importance his work has had on the course of music since he started working in the late 60s. He was an early member of Tangerine Dream, and also involved with such groups as Ash Ra Tempel, The Cosmic Jokers, and Stomu Yamashta’s Go, though he is best known for his extensive solo catalog. He died on 26 April, 2022 after a long illness.
Gary Brooker, best known as the leader and chief songwriter of the band Procol Harum, has died at the age of 76. Brooker founded Procol Harum in 1967 with Keith Reid (lyrics), Matthew Fisher (organ), Ray Roper (guitar), and David Knights (bass), and presided over many versions of the group over the subsequent decades.
Word reaches us today of the death of Ian McDonald, who was a founding member of King Crimson in 1969 and Foreigner in 1976. McDonald's sax work contributed greatly to the sound of In the Court of the Crimson King, and he also did session work for a wide variety of artists, including T. Rex, Daryl Way's Wolf, Herbie Mann, Fireballet, Steve Hackett, and many more. McDonald was born in London June 25th, 1946 and died February 9, 2022 at the age of 75.
One of the most prominent guitarists of 70s jazz-rock fusion has died. John Goodsall’s work with Brand X set standards of technique and inventiveness that many subsequent guitarists tried to match. He died on 11 November at the age of 68.
The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2021-03-14)
The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more (Posted by Peter Thelen 2021-03-11)
The sad news has reached us that Chick Corea has Returned to Forever, so to speak. The innovative keyboardist and composer died on February 9 at the age of 79. With a career that spanned from the 60s until shortly before his death, Corea touched many listeners with the incredible variety of music he produced in his lifetime. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2021-02-10)
Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2020-12-09)
Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more (Posted by Jon Davis 2020-09-09)