Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by Merlin, Mar 2, 2019.
My favourite jazz guitarist, bar none, Ed Bickert, passed away Feb. 28.
Sorry to see this, and even more sorry to say I haven't seen any other media reports on his passing. He was it.
Wow!!! The first i have herd of it. RIP to a great Canadian player. My first jazz album.
R.I.P. Mr. Bickert Thank you so very much for the music.
For those of you that are not familiar with Ed, this is a sample of him playing his famous Tele.
That is sad. Monster talent. RIP
Can't remember if I actually saw Ed at George's Spaghetti House, or whether I confused him with someone else I saw there (Lorne Lofsky, maybe?) and only imagined seeing him there because of a broadcast from that location. Bickert was the embodiment of taste and restraint. Not the only jazz Telecaster user (see Bill Frisell for example), but definitely one of those who made it officially okay to use one for jazz purposes. He retired from playing a few years back. I gather he must have been either ill or frail at that point. To his credit, and our benefit, he leaves behind a sizeable volume of recorded work. I don't know if they ever did, but it would have been sheer heaven to see him play with Lenny Breau.
Happy strumming, Ed.
Wow, sad day. He was an icon. Greco and I were just talking about him at the breakfast last weekend. I saw him live back in the late 90's. Somewhere I have a bunch of pictures I took at the concert.
Sad to hear. I'm also surprised at the lack of news. Perhaps because he had already retired quite some time ago.
I had the good fortune to meet him in the 90's and he was very nice to speak with.
Here's something from the Citizen:
RIP, Ed Bickert
I, too, am surprised that his passing has not been widely reported in Canadian main stream media.
Besides his albums as leader, I recommend checking out his work with Paul Desmond. There was a live album that I particularly liked.
One of the highlights of my stint in Toronto back in the '90s was seeing Ed Bickert play. A tremendous player, playing jazz on a Tele, no less. What a sad loss......
R.I.P. Ed Bickert
A tribute that was done quite some time ago...
One of the greats.
I've talked to Lorne between sets many times. He's a nice guy.
I saw him at mezetta cafe. 1992
An short and humorous interview by his son ...click for full screen.
Not too late for us if Fender does something decent in his honour, too late for Ed though.
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