Larry Willis dies |

October 9, 2019 9:55 am
Posted by Redacción –

Larry Willis He has passed away at the age of 76, as his friends have confirmed. The pianist played with all the jazz legends, from Dizzy Gillespie, hasta Lee Morgan, Nat Adderley, Art Blacey, Art Taylor, Clifford Jordan O Shirley Horn. He was being treated for pneumonia at a hospital near his Baltimore home when he suffered a pulmonary embolism, from which he was unable to recover.

Apart from his versatility, for crossing borders and for his numerous collaborations, Willis became known for belonging to the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, in which he remained from 1972 to 1978, so that he would play on the albums ‘New Blood’, ‘No Sweat’, ‘Mirror’, ‘Image’, ‘New City’, ‘More Than Ever’ Y ‘Brand New Day’. In addition, he made a name for himself as a session pianist, appearing on hundreds of albums by other artists.

The first recording attributed to him dates back to 1966, while the most recent was in 2017, as well as his last appearance on stage dates from August 1 in his hometown, in Baltimore.

Born in Harlem in 1942, Willis was initially more interested in singing than piano, before discovering Miles Davis when I was about 11 years old. He took singing lessons, but after a few, he decided to be self-taught and learn to play the piano on his own. In just one year, he became part of a trio that played jazz at school. To get an idea of ​​its quality, his first professional commitment was at the age of 19.

“He was the perfect man to have by your side”, He said Pierre Sprey, owner of Mapleshade Records, who hired Willis as a music director in the 1990s and 2000s. “I had a natural inclination to accompany other people, which not many people know how to do. It’s not because they’re disinterested, they just take pride in making other people play better than they would otherwise. “he added.


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