Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dave Matthews Band's LeRoi Moore Dies

Source: AP

LOS ANGELES - Dave Matthews Band saxophone player LeRoi Moore, one of the group's founding members and a key part of its eclectic jazz-infused sound, died Tuesday from sudden complications stemming from injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June. He was 46.

Moore was initially hospitalized in late June after the accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Va. He was later discharged and had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program when complications forced him back to the hospital on July 17, the band said. He died at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, according to a statement released on the band's Web site. The statement did not specify what led to his death.

Lead singer Dave Matthews credited Moore with arranging many of his songs, which combine Cajun fiddle-playing, African-influenced rhythms and Matthews' playful but haunting voice.

The Dave Matthews Band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, Va., when Matthews gave a demo tape of his songs to Moore, who liked what he heard and recruited his friend and fellow jazzman Carter Beauford to play drums, and other musicians. In 1997 The Dave Matthews band won a Grammy Award for its hit song "So Much to Say" off its second album "Crash." Other hits include "What Would You Say," "Crash Into Me" and "Satellite."

A Personal Perpespective:

"It happens in threes." That's a common phrase elders often use when unexpected deaths occur in the community. I had never met Bernie Mac, nor Issac Hayes, but LeRoi Moore I had the pleasure of meeting backstage at a sold out concert in Raleigh, NC, several years ago thanks to his cousin, my former executive producer. I know, small world!

The EP gave me and a friend front row seats and then introduced us to Moore after the great show. Moore was quite friendly and chatted with us a while. Admittedly, I was not a fan of the group, but after their impressive performance and meeting Moore, I gained a great appreciation for their musicianship, especially that of the fiddler. Great music is great music, irregardless of genre, race, or chart position.

My sincere condolences to LeRoi Moore's family, friends, and fans.

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