Dead at 88, which is a damned solid run:
He was an amazing picker, although my brother shunned his style to go clawhammer.
You all know I am a strange bird, but one of my all-time favorite banjo recordings is Tabula Rasa, with Bela Fleck, V.M. Bhatt, and Jie-Bing Chen, which is just hauntingly beautiful and so odd but so perfect:
Waterlily Acoustics, the recording studio that made that, has without question some of the most perfect recordings you will ever hear. And now, since we are all stream of consciousness, here is still one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard:
Peter Gabriel’s Realworld work has been breathtaking. I have multiple albums, including Sheila Chandra, the Drummers of Burundi, Musicians of the Nile, and so forth. Good stuff. Not everyone’s cup of tea, of course, but I have no specific style of music other than good music. And what is good music? I know it when I hear it.