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Jazz pianist Sal Mosca 1927-2007

Sal MoscaI received word this morning from bassist Don Messina that pianist Sal Mosca passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 80 after battling a number of illnesses for the past several years. Mosca, whose story as a musician is inevitably linked to teacher/mentor Lennie Tristano, was an immensely talented player with a lyrical warmth that belied the oft-cited “coolness” of the Tristano school. His playing is best showcased on the 1979 album A Concert, but interested listeners should also seek out his recordings with Warne Marsh, the Marsh-Lee Konitz Atlantic album on which he appears, and his Zinnia dates Recital in Valhalla and Thing-Ah-Majig. There’s some ongoing discussion at the Organissimo forum.

UPDATE: A very nice appreciation from Marc Myers at JazzWax.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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