James Matomy, jazz and funk legend, has died at the age of 76

James Mutum, the legendary musician who played greats from Duke Ellington to Miles Davis and was sampled by Notorious BIG, has died at the age of 76.

An official cause of death has not been revealed, but the death of Grammy-winning percussionist “Juicy Fruit” has been confirmed by Lisa Lucas, daughter of Mtume’s creative partner Reggie Lucas.

So much loss. So much grief. Lie down in power to Uncle Matumi, “Hey Sunday books In her honor on Twitter.

Lucas continued, “My late father is an accomplice in crime, and co-author of Songs of My Life (and About My Birth!)”. “He was an essential part of the life of the man who made me, so am I. He is now gone. We will miss him so much, forever.”

James Foreman was born in Philadelphia in 1946 but changed his professional name after spending time with the organized American black nationalist group in the 1960s, while studying in Pasadena, California, the Guardian reported.

A pianist and percussionist since he was a teenager, Matume was quickly drawn into the orbit of mid-century jazz masters, beginning with his uncle Albert “Tootie” Heath Kawaida’s 1969 album, which featured compositions by Mtume played by a group including Herbie Hancock and Don Jimmy Heath is Sherry’s father and tommy.

Singer James Matume of the group R and B/Soul Mtume performs on stage at Hammersmith Odeon on January 27, 1985, in London, England.
Tommy performing with his band at Hammersmith Odeon on January 27, 1985, in London, England.
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Mtume’s collaboration with Miles Davis began with the 1972 funk-driven movie On the Corner.

His eponymous group Mtume – which ran the gamut from disco to experimental jazz – would later chart a string of first hits on the Billboard charts. But he is perhaps best known for the much-sampled 1983 song “Juicy Fruit,” sampled for Notorious BIG’s classic “Juicy” joint in 1994.

Mtume has also played around 80 albums with a group of famous musicians, including Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Lonnie Liston Smith and Roberta Flack.

As a songwriter, he recorded one of his biggest hits with Flack and Donnie Hathaway’s songs “The Closer I Get To You” in 1977 and 1979’s “Back Together Again”.

He received a Grammy Award for Stephanie Mills’ single “Never Knew Love Like This Before”, for which he was honored for Best R&B Songwriting and Production in 1980.

“He was absolutely genius and a great musical mind. The working chemistry we had was second to none,” Mills He said in a statement Upon hearing of a tragic death. “I will continue to raise you through our music.”

Mtume—who was also an on-air character on New York City’s Kiss-FM radio station—continued to work as a producer in the 1990s and 2000s, earning credits on recordings by R. Kelly, Mary J Blige, and K-Ci & JoJo.


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