Thursday, July 31, 2014

Let R.I.P

Sad to close the month with a musical obit but when you get to my age it's sadly ever more frequent.

Dick Wagner who died today in Texas aged 71 played with Alice Cooper and on Lou Reed's Berlin. But he"ll surely be best remembered as half of the twin metal guitar frontline (with Steve Hunter) on Reed"s Rock and Roll Animal live album recorded in 1972 at the Academy of Music in New York.
It's been said that tenor man Paul Gonsalves found musical immortality in one 27 chorus solo on "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" for Ellington at Newport in 1956.
Perhaps Dick Wagner found his immortality in an intro.
R.I.P Mr. Wagner.
Unforgettable .

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