Rest In Peace, Donald Byrd

 

Jazz great Donald Byrd has passed away. Another timeless contributor to music old and new is gone, but his legacy remains. Hear “Think Twice” above and “You and Music” after the jump.

Below, you can also view a clip of an AIDS/HIV documentary called Red Hot and Cool, which includes Donald Byrd performing with Guru’s Jazzamatazz. The performance is in fact from a Giant Step produced event at Supper Club in 1994.

Hear “You and Music” after the jump

Rest In Peace, Ravi Shankar

 

Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Heralded for popularizing Indian classical music throughout the world, the three time Grammy winner also taught close friend George Harrison of The Beatles how to play sitar, with whom he also collaborated. He helped make history at the iconic 1969 Woodstock gathering with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, yet still shunned Western standards of celebrity, stating that he preferred to focus on his music and spirituality.

He leaves behind his wife, and his two daughters sitar player Anoushka Shankar and jazz singer Norah Jones. Shankar played his last show on November 4 in Long Beach, California alongside Anoushka, who often joined him.

His latest album, The Living Room Sessions, Part 1, is currently nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award. Here’s to a true great in music and a life well lived.

Rest In Peace, Terry Callier

 

The Chicago born singer-songwriter and true music legend, Terry Callier, passed away this weekend. One of the most underrated artists ever, we’re proud to have hosted Terry’s first NYC show back in the late 90s.

In his career, Terry went on to contribute to the highly regarded Beth Orton Best Bit EP, released a handful of critically acclaimed albums, toured with George Benson and Gil Scott-Heron, and released Hidden Conversations in a novel collaboration with Massive Attack in 2009.

Below, listen to one of our favorite Callier tunes, “Ordinary Joe.”

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Rest In Peace, Adam Yauch

 

As many probably now know, Adam Yauch, co-founder of the Beastie Boys, passed away this morning after battling cancer for three years.

Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this April, the Beastie Boys were seminal in introducing hip-hop to the American mainstream with songs like “Sabotage” and “Intergalactic” becoming instant anthems. Yauch was not only a fiercely entertaining and iconic rapper, he was also a film director and a political activist, creating the Milarepa Fund, a non-profit organization devoted to Tibetan independence.

Below, find the video for one of our favorite tracks, “Intergalactic,” and after the jump watch the classic video for “Sabotage.”

Read more on Billboard.com.

 

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Watch “Sabotage” after the jump