March 24, 2023


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Greg Tate, Tunes Critic and Writer, Useless At 63

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Greg Tate, the preeminent songs author and critic, has died at the age of 63, in accordance to jazz critic Nate Chinen on social media. “Absolutely gutted to study (from a dependable supply) that Greg Tate has remaining this dimension,” Chinen tweeted Tuesday, December 7. “What a hero he’s been — a fiercely primary critical voice, a deep musician, an encouraging major brother to so numerous of us.” (Associates for Tate did not instantly respond to Vulture.) Tate produced a title for himself as a personnel writer for The Village Voice in the 1980s his function is now thought of among the the terrific collections of criticism, notably his 1992 anthology, Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary The united states, and its 2016 sequel Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader. In 1985, Tate co-started the Black Rock Coalition, an artists’ collective marketing inventive flexibility and Black musicians, together with Vernon Reid and other firebrands of the era. Tate developed Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, a psychedelic fusion improvisational ensemble, in 1999. He went on to get the United States Artists fellowship in 2010 and afterward continued composing about jazz, funk, soul, hip-hop, and rock, like in contributions to Vulture. Lots of colleagues and contemporaries have paid their respect to the late author on Twitter. Examine tributes to Greg Tate from Chinen, Touré, Hanif Abdurraqib, and more under.

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