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Charles Owens trio make an impact

Drawn from 10 Years groove right from the off doesn't come like this very often. So what's here on 'Cameron the Wise'? Well it's gutsy tenor saxophonist Charles Owens along with Butcher Brown bass guitarist Andrew Randazzo and providing the …

Published: 19 Mar 2021. Updated: 34 days.

Drawn from 10 Years groove right from the off doesn't come like this very often. So what's here on 'Cameron the Wise'? Well it's gutsy tenor saxophonist Charles Owens along with Butcher Brown bass guitarist Andrew Randazzo and providing the formidable opening figure that caught my ear drummer Devonne Harris aka DJ Harrison also from Butcher Brown. All three knit well and there's a real strong undercurrent behind Owens' feisty playing. Out now on La Reserve. Charles Owens trio, top. Photo: band Facebook page

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Herbie Hancock pays tribute to innovative Headhunters bass guitarist Paul Jackson who has died

We lost another great musician. Paul Jackson played electric bass like no one else. He could create a new bass line on every tune every night. No one else could do that! It came from his jazz background. It was part of his genius. Safe travels to …

Published: 19 Mar 2021. Updated: 34 days.

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Tweeting: ''We lost another great musician. Paul Jackson played electric bass like no one else. He could create a new bass line on every tune every night. No one else could do that! It came from his jazz background. It was part of his genius. Safe travels to your next life, Paul.'' Herbie Hancock has paid tribute to The Headhunters bass guitarist and co-writer of Herbie classic 'Chameleon.'

The bassist, vocalist, composer-arranger, producer and educator, Jackson, who was 73, was a “musician’s musician.” According to the No Treble website he passed away at his home in Japan. No cause of death is known.

A founding member of Herbie Hancock’s The Headhunters, the bass guitarist's creative output shaped a new direction in contemporary music. He was in his time one of the world’s most important and influential electric bassists – certainly one of the most studied and copied – and generations of bass players around the globe have been inspired by his signature infectious grooves.

With Herbie Hancock in the 1970s and 80s Jackson appeared on such seminal jazz-funk albums as Headhunters and Thrust receiving one of his Grammy nominations for co-writing ‘Chameleon’. Jackson also featured on Secrets, VSOP, and Sunlight among other Hancock albums. In more recent years the Oakland, California-born player appeared with the reformed Headhunters band and has recorded his own solo albums. Check out Jackson's Groove or Die issued by Michael Janisch's Whirlwind label in 2014. RIP