99 Recommend It! 1,075 views

R.I.P. Melvin Sparks

SOURCE: Published: 2011-03-17
ACID JAZZ GREAT PASSES AWAY AT 64

Legendary Soul/Jazz/Funk guitarist Melvin Sparks died yesterday due to complications from diabetes. He was 64 years old.

Sparks was noted for his pioneering Acid Jazz guitar style in the 60s and 70s, influencing generations of musicians in his wake, including Galactic, The Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Eric Krasno and more.

In addition to his groundbreaking work as a bandleader, Melvin was a prolific session player for labels such as Blue Note and Prestige, appearing on tracks by Lou Donaldson, Johnny Hammond Smith, Jack McDuff, Hank Crawford, Charles Earland, Leon Spencer, Lonnie Smith among others.

Watch the live footage below as we remember Melvin Sparks.






View the original article...

This story appears courtesy of JamBase.
Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.
comments powered by Disqus
Read the All About Jazz Magazine - Free!

Read the All About Jazz Magazine - It's free!

Jam-packed with 100 pages covering a wide range of styles, subjects and from around the world—each issue includes interviews, profiles, columns, album reviews, web site news, and free MP3s. The AAJ magazine is available across all devices, can be shared socially, and opened from anywhere without the need to download an app.

Read the Winter 2014 Edition

Weekly Giveaways

Matthew Shipp

Matthew Shipp
About | Enter

Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley
About | Enter

Tord Gustavsen

Tord Gustavsen
About | Enter

Alfredo Rodriguez

Alfredo Rodriguez
About | Enter