LeRoi Moore, saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, died two days ago from sudden complications following an ATV accident. He was 46 years old, and had been with the band since its inception in 1991.
As a former saxophonist myself, and as a former super fan of the DMB, there was a time in my life in which LeRoi Moore was very much a hero to me, and so his passing is tragic news.
In the comments section of my The Album as an Artform post, Tennesee Mike had this to say about Dave Matthews Band's album Crash:
I agree that this album is one of the greats. The 13 minutes of #41-->Say Goodbye are some of the best minutes ever set to music.And I agree completely with this assessment. My favorite part of this song combination is the few minutes of transition from #41 to Say Goodbye which is championed by LeRoi Moore's brilliant solo on the flute. In addition, LeRoi's sax solo in the middle of #41 is one of my favorite saxophone solos ever, even in comparison to solos from such jazz greats as Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Stan Getz, and Joshua Redman.
DMB songs Too Much and Bartender will never be the same without LeRoi's blaring baritone sax and cheery penny whistle.
You will be missed, LeRoi. Rest in peace.