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Hal Singer 1919-2020

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Vétéran saxophonist Hal Singer diréd in Chatou, near Paris, on Wesnesday. Hé was born in 1919 in Tulsa. Oklahomà. . 

His French wife was at his side

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So sorry I never heard him while I was in Paris.

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A survivor of the Tulsa massacre. 

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RIP.

Incredible that it is already 22 years that I had a record cover and his autobiography signed by him at a concert in Britain.

He must have been a very approachable, down-to-earth guy (as told by friends from Strasbourg who had run a fanzine in the 80s and got into contact with him for an interview and kept in contact for quite a while).

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Long productive life well-lived. I recently found a copy of a true obscurity (from what I can see), recorded in Africa in the early 1970s, called Soweto to Harlem. Listened on Sunday while driving between Naples and Tampa and its a great recording, all blues or gospel-blues and really strong playing. RIP.

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RIP. He brought more than Cornbread to the table, a lot more.

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1 hour ago, JSngry said:

RIP. He brought more than Cornbread to the table, a lot more.

Indeed. That all-blues recording kept the honking and squealing to a bear minimum. Might not have been any in fact.

I noticed he did a two-tenor album with David Murray:

https://www.discogs.com/Hal-Singer-Featuring-David-Murray-Challenge/release/4577162

 

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11 hours ago, JSngry said:

RIP. He brought more than Cornbread to the table, a lot more.

^ this.

RIP. What a life.

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R.I.P. 

A witness of our age. Just ordered a CD of some Savoy sides that was on my wish list for many, many years.

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Seems he had achieved a perfect balance of R & B and jazz in the tradition of Hawk and Webster. Great stuff.

 

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