Farewell Melvin Sparks

March 2011 - Melvin Sparks, guitarist on numerous soul-jazz and organ combo dates from the late 60s onwards, died on 13 March 2011 of complications from diabetes, aged 64.

Born on 22 March 1946 and influenced by, among others, Grant Green, he was heard mostly as a rhythm guitarist and occasional soloist, particularly with Hank Crawford, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff and Lou Donaldson.

Latterly he worked with such younger exponents of the organ combo as Joey DeFrancesco. He recorded widely for the Prestige and Savant labels.

Melvin Sparks

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