As a sideman, Blythe, who was born in 1940, worked with Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, The Leaders (with bassist McBee, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Chico Freeman), McCoy Tyner, Joey Baron, and percussionist Gust William Tsillis. Over the past decade, he had to stop playing due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.
Arthur Blythe will be remembered for his generous sound, his gentle soul, and his exciting music. Below are a few examples of his artistry and his joyous approach to Black American Music.
Mr. Blythe in Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition:
Here are The Leaders from 1989:
From drummer Joey Baron's "Down Home" with Bill Frisell (guitar) and Ron Carter (bass):
Ethan Iverson posted this tribute:
Nate Chinen from WBGO-FM published this remembrance:
Rest In Peace, Arthur Blythe - thank you for all that joyous music!