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Charles "Bobo" Shaw (September 15, 1947-January 16, 2017)

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The wonderful St. Louis drummer Charles "Bobo" Shaw has passed at age 69, according to close personal friend Ntozake Shange. He was a founding member of the Black Artists' Group and performed with the Human Arts Ensemble, Anthony Braxton, and his own groups. I was lucky enough to interview him -- although unfortunately only over the phone -- for a short "Encore" article in the July 2015 issue of the New York City Jazz Record, as he played the Vision Festival that year. He was sounding great in recent years after a long period off the scene (owing to personal problems and incarceration). Sad news to receive on a Monday; may he rest in peace.

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Definitely a voice and a spirit. R.I.P.

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Sad news. Don't know that many of his recordings, but his contributions to Lowe's 'the flam' and the live Braxton Quintet from Basel are wonderful

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Sorry to hear this - first heard of him from 'The Flam', amazing to think that it was 40 years ago now. RIP.

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Yeah, those Lowe records are really something. He replaced Steve Reid in Lowe's group, from what I recall, which led to "Fresh." 

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Damn, sad news. Love the Human Arts Ensemble LPs and will always take his presence as a prompt to investigate further

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Human Arts Ensemble were important albums to me. Junk Trap was a big favourite. Everyone in the peer group I was in had those albums. 

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Sad indeed.

First encounter was "Bugle Bop Boy", the Muse duo album with Lester Bowie that was part of one of those cheapo UK double disc Muse reissue packages ... still have that Lester Bowie set, still love some of the music it contains. And yeah, "Junk Trap" is wonderful!

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Sad news.   He leaves a legacy of some important recordings.

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Thanks for posting and for the article. Sad news, respect and peace to the artist.

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Love the BAG and HAE recordings. An important figure in the music. RIP. 

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