Drummer John Marshall, a founding member of Nucleus and long-time member of Soft Machine, died on 16 September at the age of 82. His playing seamlessly brought together elements of jazz, rock, and funk to be one of the distinctive instrumentalists of British jazz-rock. His work featured on albums by a wide range of artists, including Jack Bruce, Georgie Fame, Ralph McTell, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Volker Kriegel, Charlie Mariano, Eberhard Weber, and scores of others. He joined Soft Machine in 1972 and became the group's longest-serving member, staying with them until his retirement after their 2019 tour, though he appeared on Other Doors, released in 2023.
Exposé has learned that Frank Wyatt, composer, keyboardist, saxophonist, engineer, and producer — a founding member of Happy the Man, Oblivion Sun, and Pedal Giant Animals — has passed away after losing his battle with kidney cancer.
Word has reached us that one of the pioneers of German music in the 70s has died. Manuel Göttsching, founder of Ash Ra Tempel, died on December 4 at the age of 70. His explorations of the possibilities of electric guitar set the stage for many artists who followed, and he can be seen as one of the precursors of what came to be called ambient music.
We have learned the sad news that singer Tracy Hitchings has died at the age of 60. Her professional career began in 1989 with the band Quasar, after which she began collaborating with Clive Nolan in Strangers on a Train. Her first solo album was released in 1991, and she subsequently worked with Gandalf, Landmarq, and numerous other bands and projects, often involving Nolan.
Estonian composer, guitarist and singer RIho Sibul, a member of In Spe, Kaseke, VSP Projekt, Ultima Thule etc. as well as a solo career from 2000 onwards, passed away at the age of 64 on November 20th 2022.
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.