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Jimmy Knepper was the trombone player in many of Charles Mingus' bands in the 50s and 60s and also work with many other greats - including Gil Evans, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis and Stan Kenton. Sadly, he passed away in 2003 from Parkinson's disease.
On a new release, another trombonist - Reggie Watkins - pays tribute to Knepper, using Knepper's very own horn. Watkins had the privilege to perform for Knepper just before his death, and this release is a homage to the late great. The album's aptly titled Avid Admirer, and it kicks off this playlist of new music from Mal Stanley and Jessica Nicholas.