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Veteran jazz musician Bob Belden passed away

May 22, 2015 18:01 IST

Bob BeldenVeteran jazz musician Bob Belden passed away on 20 May 2015 after suffering a heart attack. He was 58. Belden was a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer who was among the first American musicians to perform in Iran since its 1979 revolution in 2015 when he toured there.

Belden was known for conceiving and producing multi-artist thematic albums, including Miles From India (2008), on which Indian and American musicians performed Miles Davis tunes. One of his most popular releases was the 2001 Blue Note album Black Dahlia, an orchestral suite.

He conducted, orchestrated and wrote arrangements for iconic jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and McCoy Tyner. Belden also served as an A&R executive for legendary jazz label Blue Note Records.

Belden earned three Grammy Awards throughout his career for 1996's Miles Davis and Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Best Historical Album, Best Album Notes) and for 1998's Miles Davis Quintet set 1965-'68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Best Album Notes).

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