Jazz great Horace Silver has died at the age of 85. The pianist passed away at his home in New Rochelle, New York, where actress Ruby Dee died earlier this month (Jun14), on Wednesday (18Jun14).
Silver formed the group that was to become the Jazz Messengers with drummer pal Art Blakey in the early 1950s. The duo recorded one album together before the pianist went solo.
He recorded over 20 records for top jazz label Blue Note, including Song for My Father and The Jody Grind in the mid-1960s, while tracks like Senor Blues, The Preacher and Filthy McNasty became instant classics.
Four of his Blue Note albums were included on the label's 100 essential jazz albums list, which was issued earlier this year (14) to mark the company's 75th anniversary.
He also enjoyed pop chart success in 1974 when Steely Dan used the opening bars of his Song for My Father in their Rikki Don't Lose That Number hit.
Music producer Alan Douglas, who worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Duke Ellington, has died at the age of 82. He passed away at his home in Paris, France on 7 June (14) following a fall, according to his daughter, Kirby Veevers.
Douglas worked on Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Three Blind Mice albums and was credited with bringing trumpeter Kenny Dorham into the studio for his 1962 classic, Matador.
He also worked with Ellington on 1962's Money Jungle, which featured bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach, and was known for his other collaborations with guitarist John McLaughlin and the group the Last Poets.
However, the producer, who later established his own Douglas Records label, is perhaps most closely associated with Hendrix, acquiring the rights to produce the rock icon's previously unreleased tracks four years after his death in 1970.
Douglas is frequently credited with helping to keep his legacy alive, but the posthumous Hendrix work on albums like Crash Landing, Midnight Lightning and Voodoo Soup was not without controversy, with some devotees blasting the producer after it was discovered that he would often bring in new session musicians to dub over Hendrix's original band.