Sadly, the world of jazz-funk has lost another gem. Only a couple of months ago we lost Donald Byrd and now it's time to say goodbye to Don Blackman who passed away on the 11th of April, 2013.
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A uniquely talented musician, writer and producer, Don Blackman's contribution to the genre is significant. Even though he only ever produced one album of his own, he wrote, composed and performed for many of the biggest names in jazz-funk and has left an outstanding body of work for young and old to enjoy. We're so so glad we got to see Don Blackman perform live in London back in 2010. It was a fantastic night of sublime jazz-funk and we got to see what a funny and warm man he was.
So here's our tribute to Don Blackman, which pulls together a bunch of our favourite Don Blackman compositions and some tracks from Lenny White, Weldon Irvine, Bernard Wright and Tom Browne that Blackman either wrote, produced or performed on. Click the image to listen, or listen here
Tom Browne - Forever More (composed by DB)
Don Blackman - Heart's Desire (live) (from RezaJazzMix video on YouTube)
Weldon Irvine - I Love You (written/composed/keys performed by DB)
Bernard Wright - Haboglabotribin (written by DB)
Lenny White - Lady Madonna (vocals)
Don Blackman - Deaf Hook Up Connection
Lenny White - Big City (keys/vocals)
Don Blackman - You Ain't Hip
Don Blackman - Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide
Don Blackman - Never Miss A Thing
Voice sample from RBMA Radio's interview with Don Blackman