The U.S. soul-jazz singer and musician Terry Callier has died aged 67. Callier was better known in recent years for his work with Massive Attack and Beth Orton.
Terry Callier passed away on October 28, according to News.com. He has died at a hospital in his home town of Chicago.
Callier was born in the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. He began his career in the 1960s, signing for Chess records and releasing the single “Look at me now” in 1963. He learnt his trade touring with the likes of Gil Scott-Heron and George Benson, and released his debut album in 1972 “The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier”. Later, in the 1970s, he pioneered a distinctive acid-jazz sound.
Stereogum notes that after a period of quiescence in the 1980s, Callier worked with Massive Attack, having the lead vocals on the track “Live With Me” and with Beth Orton, on her acclaimed album “Central Reservation”. His last solo album was “Hidden Conversations”.
David Buttle, founder of the Mr Bongo record label with which Callier recorded his last six albums is quoted by the BBC as saying: "I first worked with Terry when recording him at the Jazz Cafe in Camden, London in the late 90s. This was a spiritual home for Terry's fans; most nights that he played you could hear a pin drop when he sang and many people passed out, overwhelmed by the light that shone from him."
Callier’s funeral will be held on November 3. For those unfamiliar with his work, here he is performing the song "Lazarus Man".