Last week, it was Max Roach... Today, first news that popped up when I opened my email was that of the passing of the great vocalist, Jon Lucien.
His singing was like musically poetry, creatively being more than words, but also painting a vivid image, building its own, lush atmosphere.
If he were breaking out today, he would likely, and quite erroneously, be shoehorned into the "smooth jazz" category.
Lucien sang romance and ballads with the best of them, and was brilliant at fusing Jazz, Latin and World riffs into his music, his rich baritone voice taking you on a peaceful journey.
When I pulled up his site, the music played, and the first three tunes - Rashida, Lady Love, and Dindi (Lucien's is my second favorite rendition; The late Willie Bobo has what I consider the best) - just took me back ...
In the 70's and 80's, and I lived in a few different cities to know, Jazz DJ's all over had Lucien in their rotations. And it always brought a smile, and a good feeling, when one of his tunes popped up.
Take a visit to his website, and leave it up in a window for a little while, to soak up the sounds ...
Jon Lucien Website
Didn't find any MSM Obit, or other news of the passing, so you can check these out;
JazzCorner: Jon Lucien RIP
All About Jazz: Jon Lucien RIP
Update Wed 22 August
Well, it took a few days for the MSM to catch up.
New York Times: Jon Lucien, Smooth Singer of Mellow Jazz and Soul, Dies at 65
Denver Post: Jazz great Jon Lucien dies at 65
Miami Herald: JON LUCIEN, 65, Jazz singer, song composer, musician
JazzTimes: Singer Jon Lucien Dies at 65