Saxophonist Steve Grossman has died aged 69. The date of death is being reported by the newspaper Le Soir as 13 August although cause of death and further details are not known so far.
Hailing from New York, Grossman was best known for his work with Miles Davis and with Elvin Jones. With Miles he is on such albums as Live at the Fillmore East; A Tribute to Jack Johnson, Live-Evil, Black Beauty: Live at the Fillmore West, Big Fun and Get Up with It.
Under his own name his records for the Dreyfus label in the 1990s displayed a remarkable playing personality on both ballads and more driving material and attracted a new generation of fans. I heard him around this time at Ronnie Scott's where he was a regular visitor for quite a few years and interviewed him for a piece published in the Jazz on CD magazine. A powerful player there was also a lot of tenderness in his sound beneath the toughness of his fundamental approach.