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RIP Howard Johnson (Jazz Tubaist)

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Died yesterday at age 79. Led his own bands and played with Mingus, Gil Evans, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Jaco Pastorius . . . the list goes on. Also led the SNL band and backed up Taj Mahal, The Band, and even John Lennon (Walls and Bridges).
 

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Saw him and his amazing tuba ensemble playing with Taj Mahal at the Fillmore East. Best horn arrangements I’ve ever heard in that context, up there with Allen Toussaint’s amazing syncopated charts on The Band’s “Rock Of Ages” recording. Will have to queue up Taj and Howard’s “The Real Thing” tomorrow. RIP Howard Johnson.
 

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Giovanni Russonello's excellent Times obit led me to an interesting YouTube series, Liner Note Legends:


Only eight episodes, unfortunately. (The others are on Bernie Worrell, Steve Gadd, Charlie McCoy, Bobbye Hall, Charlie Hormel, Frank Simms, and James Gadson.)
 
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