Happy New Year, Tribe!
I don’t want to seem like a full-time obit writer, but we have lost some great ones lately. After Eartha, there was jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and roots-rocker Delaney Bramlett, who, along with former wife Bonnie Bramlett, was a contemporary of Laura’s in the ranks of late-60s performers. I also learned that, before my blogging days began, guitarist Joe Beck passed on at age 62 (see/hear him play a very tasty “Summertime” above).
Beck played on the song “I am the blues” on Laura’s Smile album. I hear both an acoustic and electric guitar on that fabulous arrangement, but, frankly, I don’t know which is Beck and which is John Tropea, who plays on every cut and would later tour with Nyro. Anyone have an idea who’s who? Although there are a few standout guitar licks during the song, the track really belongs, instrumentally, to Randy Brecker on trumpet, the great Richard Davis on bass and Laura on piano.
Another Nyro connection with Beck: He died in Danbury, Conn., as did Laura.
“Listen to the music of the night wind…”