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Jazz Chronicle – 1990

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Chick Corea Electric Band helped revived the fortunes of fusion in the 1980’s and showcase the talents of drummer Dave Weckl.

- Art Blakey, drummer and bandleader dies. For more than 30 years his band Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers included young musicians who went on to become prominent names in jazz. The band's legacy is thus not only known for the music it produced, but as a proving ground for several generations of jazz musicians. Blakey was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame (in 1982), the Grammy Hall of Fame (in 2001), and was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
“ Blakey had played with such force and fury that he eventually lost much of his hearing, and at the end of his life, often played strictly by instinct.” Ron Wynn (music critics )

- Dexter Gordon, also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant" dies aged 67. His career spanned over 40 years. His performance in Round Midnight (Warner Bros, 1986) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Leading Role and he won a Grammy for Best Soundtrack.

- Sarah Vaughan dies aged 66. Nicknamed "Sailor" (for her salty speech), "Sassy" and "The Divine One",  was described as one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.

- Miles Davis brings out his best-selling and racy life story. Miles: The autobiography. he brilliant bad man of jazz trumpetry unburdens himself of his hate and anger as well as of his good feelings about life, friendship, sex, drugs, women and cars.

- Photographer Herman Leonard publishes his book The eye of Jazz.


In Greece, many releases from among others, Andreas Georgiou, Floros Floridis, Takis Barberis and , Michalis Siganidis.



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