Washington: James Mtume, the R&B and jazz percussionist, recording artist and producer greatest recognized for the 1983 smash ‘Juicy Fruit’ and his work with Miles Davis and different high jazz musicians, has died on the age of 76.
Based on Selection, the information was confirmed by his son to a music publication, amongst different sources, although no trigger was cited.
Mtume’s affiliation with Davis started with 1972’s funk-driven ‘On the Nook,’ and he additionally labored with jazz greats comparable to pianist McCoy Tyner, trumpeter Artwork Farmer, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith Jr., saxophonists Gato Barbieri and Pharoah Sanders and even Duke Ellington.
In his solo music, Mtume ran the gamut from disco to avant-garde jazz, in addition to dramatic compositions for tv (‘New York Undercover’) and movie (‘Native Son’).
Mtume additionally produced and co-wrote hit singles for Stephanie Mills (‘By no means Knew Love Like This Earlier than’) and Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (‘The Nearer I get To You’) in collaboration together with his musical associate and fellow Davis alum Reggie Lucas.
He was born into jazz royalty in Philadelphia because the son of saxophonist Jimmy Heath. Raised by his stepfather, Philly jazz pianist James Forman, the younger musician grew up with activist roots and moved to California within the mid-’60s on a swimming scholarship.
There, he joined the Black empowerment group, the U.S. Group, and recorded his earliest solo albums beginning with ‘Alkebu-Lan – Land of the Blacks’.
After returning to the East Coast, Mtume performed with jazz bandleaders comparable to McCoy Tyner and Freddie Hubbard in addition to recording together with his uncle, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath on the ‘Kawaida’ album.
Round this time Mtume joined Miles Davis’ band for a four-year stint that included a number of the jazz legend’s most adventurous materials, together with ‘Darkish Magus’ and ‘Pangaea’.
As per Selection, an lively advocate for younger musicians, executives and activists, Mtume mentioned in a 2014 Purple Bull Music Academy speech, “I imagine that each era produces its personal music, and really, this is likely one of the most fertile occasions ever for younger artists, with the Web and social media.”
He continued, “However we’re reaching the purpose of contemplating ‘How are we defining and redefining originality?’ One of many issues that’s lacking is individuals having their very own fingerprint on their music. And that’s an important factor, having your individual voice.”