Lost Heroes 

Leon Ware: The Master of Mellow Soul Tunes Dies

A whole generation of genius Soul, Jazz and Funk musicians is dying. After the recent passing of George Duke, Joe Sample, Maurice White and Al Jarreau, the genius producer, composer and Soul singer Leon Ware died today (U.S. west coast time), at age 77. In 2009, he had been treated for prostate cancer. Leon Ware’s songwriting career started in 1967, when many of us were still in diapers or not even conceived. Over the years, he composed and co-composed countless brilliant Soul tunes for just as many fellow artists and…

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Lost Heroes 

Al Jarreau: Saying Goodbye to one of the Most Gifted

The singing psychologist is just one of a million labels which could have been put on the brilliant Al Jarreau. At Ripon College in Wisconsin he got his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology in 1962. But there was something he was even more interested in. Singing. During his college days, he sang with the band The Indigos. Later, he joined a young pianist’s trio as a singer. The bandleader on the keys was the late George Duke. Al quickly took a big decision. He was going to forget psychology…

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