This Friday’s tribute is to Andre Gagnon, a Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, and actor. Born August 2, 1936, he passed on December 3, 2020. Between 1964 and 2011, he released 41 albums and multiple singles. In 1978 and 1995, he was awarded Juno awards (Canada’s Grammy) as Instrumental Artist Of The Year. Not only prolific, he was also very good. He was especially good at fusing pop and classical music with often great results.
The cut I have chosen is titled “Wow” and is taken from his album “Neiges”, released in 1975.
Jazz and Blues saxophone player, Herman Green passed away at the age of 90 in Memphis on November 26, 2020. As I read up on him, I found his life to be amazing. I have attached his obituary below. It looks like he played with anybody that was anybody. A true musician’s musician. The YouTube link takes you to a track list, and I have also attached a video. It is over 10 minutes, and is quite interesting. Enjoy the work of this great player.
Both were written by Allee Willis, who passed away on December 24th of heart failure. A prolific writer, she was nominated for a Tony for A Color Purple soundtrack and won a Grammy for the same as well as several other nominations and wins at the Emmy’s, Grammys and Tonys.