Another iconic figure bites the dust for 2016. This time, Alphonse Mouzon (Alphonze Mouzon) a jazz & fusion drummer who left us with a significant heritage. He was a founding member of jazz-fusion masters Weather Report, CEO of Tenacious Records and also played along with jazz & rock icons such as Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder. He died on 25th December and the cause was cardiac arrest according to his son.

Let’s remember some of his most important appearances:

Macrobian‘ from his solo debut ‘The Essence Of Mystery‘ as Alphonze Mouzon:

Mind Transplant‘ from his 3rd homonym, solo album, as Alphonse Mouzon live at NAMM, D’Addario Artist Appreciation Party, Thurs Jan. 24th 2013:

Live with Weather Report:

Ism – Ejercicio‘ from The Eleventh House‘s debut ‘Introducing The Eleventh House‘:

With contemporary jazz bunch Piano Conclave on ‘Rumba Orgiastica‘:

Turning into funk/soul with Poussez!:

Along with eclectic company of Jaco Pastorius & Albert Mangelsdorff as the live jazz experiment Trilogue:

Keep on drumming ‘Alph’! In Heavens…

Christos Doukakis