Melvin Sparks RIP

03/18/2011
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(Gibson) Melvin Sparks, the legendary acid jazz guitarist, has died of heart failure at his home in Mt. Vernon, New York. He was 64.

Sparks first surfaced in the '60s and '70s as a soul-jazz guitarist (famously backing Lou Donaldson on the funk-jazz classics "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky," "Hot Dog," "Donkey Walk" and "The Caterpillar.") and later played a key part on the acid jazz movement of the '90s.

Jambands.com quotes Sparks' friend Annabel Lukins on the guitarists' acid jazz influence: "As the acid jazz style he helped pioneer enjoyed a revival in the '90s, its new generation reached out to Sparks with heartfelt reverence and the guitarist found appreciative new fans in the audiences of Galactic, The Greyboy Allstars, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Derek Trucks and Robert Walter's 20th Congress." more on this story

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