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Prince Was All Duende

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Another huge loss. Prince is dead at 57. He was one-of-a-kind and had what George Frazier used to croon about—he had duende, that special combination of charisma, talent, looks, style and magic.

Back in 1997, Mark Jacobson wrote in Esquire, that Prince “dominated the eighties music scene as Louis Armstrong did that of the twenties, as Charlie Parker did that of the forties. Eloquently exploiting his gender/race dichotomies with a horny sincerity that made him the legitimate successor to such crossover gods as Little Richard and Jimi Hendrix, the Artist was indisputably the Man.”

I was never a huge fan myself but liked more than enough of his music and certainly admired his genius—“horny sincerity” is about perfect.

Rest in Peace.


1 rbj   ~  Apr 21, 2016 1:23 pm

Annus horribilis for the music world.

Not my taste in music, but he was an original.

BTW, anyone seen thealarmist lately?

2 thelarmis   ~  Apr 21, 2016 1:48 pm

i am here, rbj! well, rushing around to get to work. i teach 7 hours straight tonight.

no alarms though! just, thelarmis : )

not my taste in music either, but he was a genius. i'm listening to acoustic jazz!


3 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 21, 2016 2:53 pm

2) Yay. Go Yanks.

4 rbj   ~  Apr 21, 2016 4:12 pm

[2] Glad to hear. And if a guy in a black robe with a scythe comes looking for you, tell him you're not a musician, you're a drummer.


5 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 21, 2016 9:34 pm

One of the greatest. I'm in total shock.

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