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His beats lit up the late ’80s with a genuine fire.

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His folk singing evinces a forward-staring stoicism.

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Sacred exhortations and electric blues.

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He sang soul as if it were the black man’s country.

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His early Hollywood music was darker than we recall.

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Typist by day, jazzbo by night.

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Anything could happen but nothing couldn’t be taken away.

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An overlooked Motown Records songwriter.

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“Babylon system is the vampire”

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He looked — and sounded! — great in frills.

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His solos elliptically paraphrase his melodies.

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He got an early education in rock’n’roll cynicism.

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Both a singular artist and a mensch.

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His genius thrived in stages: chromatic, atonal, serial.

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He could adapt to and enliven nearly any musical situation.

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She mined veins of melancholy, fatalistic, introspective truth.

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An unsurpassed fusion of energy, density, speed and lyricism.

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His songs number in the thousands.

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Spooky intelligence and challenging eroticism.

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A philosopher who didn’t take anything seriously.

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He played long, luminous tones on his trumpet.

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Cult genius or filthy weirdo? Duh. He’s both.

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Charlie Parker vs. feebleminded ofays.

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Passion, pain, uncertainty and struggle, but the music stays groovy.