Jazz Fusion Drummer Alphonse Mouzon Dies at 68

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The prolific jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon has reportedly died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 68. He had reportedly been battling against a rare form of cancer for the past few months.

Alphonse Mouzon had played with Weather Report, Eleventh hour and appeared on records with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.

According his son, Pierre Mouzon, he died after suffering a cardiac arrest. He had also been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, neuroendocrine carcinoma, in September.

Origins

The drummer was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He earned a little bit of fame by appearing Weather Report’s record LP in 1971.

He then continued to rise to fame as he played with Larry Coryelli’s jazz-rock fusion group “The Eleventh House”, who released four albums from 1973 to 1975. He then appeared on records by Miles Davis and Roberta Flack as well as four records of Herbie Hancock. He also performed with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Carlos Santana.

Mouzon also put out 20 solo albums of his own. His most recent album is Angel Face from 2011, which featured a collection of songs which were 11 years in the making.

Many artists have described Mouzon to be a major influence, including Led Zeppelin and Questlove. Led Zeppelin mentioned him by name during their speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.

Questlove paid tribute to Mouzon following his death:

“If you were to ask #JohnBonham of Led Zep who his drumming hero was,” wrote the Roots drummer on Instagram, “he’d no doubt declare the great #AlphonseMouzon the fairest of them all. And that is a correct statement.”

“I can’t even BEGIN to tell you of his influence on me drumming. Rest In Beats Alphonse!”

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