MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

Allan Holdsworth in action MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)It is with great sadness that we add the name of guitar great, Englishman ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, to the list of MOJA greats who’ve passed away far too early in April of 2017. His passing was announced by his daughter Louise on her Facebook page. In a short statement she said: “It is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously. Louise, Sam, Emily & Rori.” Allan was known as a brilliant and innovative instrumentalist, revered by the likes of John McLaughlin and Frank Zappa as a personal favorite player and influence. He worked extensively in the rock world as well as being one of the greats of the Jazz Fusion era with his own solo work as well as in collaboration with fellow greats like Jean-Luc Ponty, and bands such as Gong, Tony Williams Lifetime, Soft Machine and more. You’ll be hearing special shows in his honor soon on MOJA Radio! 

Earlier this year we lost AL JARREAU and guitar legend LARRY CORYELL. Greats like Larry will never leave us and he was working until the very end. Case in point…he had been promising to reform most of the original Fusion supergroup The 11th House that we created in 1973 for a tour and new recording. They did just that with a tour in 2015 that made it to New York City’s BLUE NOTE that summer and below you’ll find a picture to prove it. Original members Randy Brecker and Alphonse Mouzon were there with added members including Larry’s son Julian joining in on guitar. They went into the studio and created a brilliant, new album titled SEVEN SECRETS that you’ll hear lots of here on MOJA Radio. It features tons of great, grooving new tunes written by Larry, Randy and Alphonse (who passed away just months before Larry did in early 2017). They had a summer tour all planned and that will never happen, but their spirit lives on in this wonderful new work. I asked Randy Brecker to give me a few words about SEVEN SECRETS and here’s what he had to say…

This ended up being the last time we played together, with the later tragic losses of Alphonse, then Larry more recently, so it is with bittersweet happiness that I hope everyone of you out in MOJAland enjoy the CD…it’s a good one, and we all had a ball hanging out together and recording the album…!! Randy”

Larry Coryell and The Eleventh Hour 300x202 MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

Larry-Coryell-and-The-Eleventh House @ The Blue Note NYC 2015

Larry Coryell at World Trade Center 1994 300x270 MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

R.I. P. Larry Coryell !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Khan collaborated with Larry on his very first release. STEVE wrote a beautiful tribute to LARRYwhich was posted on Steve’s brilliant website. Here’s a picture of the guys working together back in the day…

Steve Khan Larry Coryell MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)

 

Dave Valentin live 300x199 MOJA Greats who have left us in 2017 (Allan Holdsworth, Larry Coryell, Dave Valentin & Al Jarreau)
Dave Valentin (29 April 1952-8 March 2017)

It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of DAVE VALENTIN, the Grammy winning flutist from New York who was a great solo artist and member of Caribbean Jazz Project with Steve Khan and Dave Samuels. He passed away at the age of 64 in same borough of NYC in which he was born, The Bronx after a long fight against Parkinson’s Disease. Dave played flute in the band that backed up Latin Jazz legend Tito Puente and became a legend himself. He released his first solo album in 1979 and collaborated with a number of other greats over the years including his aforementioned membership in CJP. He will be remembered for his wonderful, creative playing and a lively, indomitable spirit. Thank you Dave, may you rest in peace.

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