And our good friend Pat Malone (AKA Lugnut, here at Audiogon).
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The meltdown of Michael Jackson.
Actually, I feel mostly pity and not anger towards Michael Jackson. Although I was not into his style of music, no one could deny his talent. Wonder why someone who seemingly has everything going for him has a total cranial meltdown, becoming a bizarre freakazoid. He is now a pariah, who must live abroad, and I don't see his career ever come back.
Phil Spector, we'll see what happens to him...another bizzaro!
Ray Brown left in 2002, Rodney in 04. Just found out that Derek Bailey died last week. This guy was not an easy listen, (kind of like the Cecil Taylor of the guitar world), but the little bit that i've managed to soak up is amazing. Fortunately players like Fred Frith, Marc Ribot and Noel Akchote have learned alot from Bailey and are still around. Steve Marcus (sax) from Maynard Ferguson, The Counts Rock Band and lots of excellent Larry Coryell recordings also passed on.