Saturday, March 12, 2016

Progobit: Keith Emerson

Keith Emerson, the one who wasn't Lake or Palmer, has died.

Oddly, Mark Ronson was also out the blocks to pay tribute (this time with a Tweeted performance).

That link with the death George Martin, though, is appropriate - although Emerson went further, and brought jazz and classical sounds into the heart of their music, rather than spraying it on as an influence.

Not all the world was ready - if you think Punk was a movement which fell apart, how much worse to be part of a scene known as "progressive" and yet having created a sound which now feels very much part of the past?

Here's Emerson as part of his pre-ELP outfit, The Nice, covering Leonard Bernstein:

Early reports say that Keith died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

1 comment:

Robin Carmody said...

Deffo think his best work was with The Nice - often surprisingly subtle in tone (and in the usage of classical influences) considering his later development.

What a depressing way for anyone to go, though (if indeed it was his own decision alone).

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