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Art Davis R.I.P.

Reports have been circulating on the Internet for the past several days that bassist Art Davis had passed away-confirmation now from the Los Angeles Times. Some good discussion ongoing over at Organissimo about Davis' work with Max Roach, John Coltrane (his most famous association; right now I'm listening to Ole, which features Davis and fellow bassist Reggie Workman, a broiling double-bass combination that Coltrane briefly experimented with... anticipating, perhaps, the Elvin Jones-Rashied Ali double-drum attack five years later?) and others. The Times piece gives a decent overview of Dr. Davis' life, music, and work; it's already clear that he's going to be much-missed by many jazz fans and fellow musicians, and that he was respected and admired for more than just his considerable talent.

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