Remembering The Legendary Drummer, Alphonse Mouzon, With These Notable Performances

first_imgRest in peace, Alphonse Mouzon! You will be missed but never forgotten. Alphonse Mouzon, the prolific jazz-fusion drummer and brilliant multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, sadly died over the weekend at his home in Los Angeles, CA of neuroendocrine cancer. Known as one of the greatest drummers in the world, Mouzon was a force to be reckoned with behind the kit, and his sphere of influence and contributions to the modern music scene transcend genre and permeate most music played today.From his tapping as the initial drummer for the jazz fusion group Weather Report, Mouzon’s rise in the jazz world was meteoric. Shortly after his year tenure with the group, he signed on with the infamous Blue Note label as a solo artist and with guitarist Larry Coryell’s Eleventh House. His list of collaborators in the jazz world is seemingly endless, though it includes huge names like Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Al Di Meola, Chet Baker, Jaco Pastorius, and Miles Davis, to name a few.Listen to this 1971 live recording of Weather Report, courtesy of Rick Suchow.Watch Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House Band play “Right On, Y’all,” a Mouzon composition, courtesy of knkx public radio.Check out Mouzon’s drum solo during a performance with Jaco Pastorius and Albert Mangelsdorff, courtesy of DrummerWorld.While his name was initially made in the realm of jazz, his career by no means stopped there. His credits in the realm of rock and pop include gigs with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana, and during Robert Plant’s acceptance speech in 1995 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Mouzon was cited by name as one of Led Zeppelin’s major influences. He was responsible for shaping the funk backbeat in a series of his own albums, and his side projects ranged in sound from disco, soul, R&B, and more. In hip-hop, the explosive drum fill that kicks off the Beastie Boy’s “Shake Your Rump” (which can be heard below) is none other than Mouzon’s, and earlier in the week, Questlove penned the tribute below on Instagram to share how influential the legendary percussionist was in his own life.Watch Mouzon, funk bassist Wyzard, and rock guitarist Rafael Moreira come together for a rendition of “Foxy Lady,” courtesy of Alphonse Mouzon.Beastie Boy track provided courtesy of Universal Music Group.Listen to Alphonse Mouzon, Alex Skolnick, Rhonda Smith, and S. Weingart jam the tune “Nitroglycerin” off Mouzon’s solo album, Mind Transplant, video courtesy of Alex Skolnick.last_img

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