Drummer Questlove has paid tribute to Grammy-winning music producer Tommy LiPuma, who died at the age of 80 on Monday (13Mar17).
The record executive passed away following a brief illness, according to Billboard.com.
LiPuma began his career as a saxophone player and moved into promotions at Imperial Records, where he began publishing and producing music.
He went on to collaborate with several artists, including The O'Jays, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, and Paul MCCartney. Throughout his career, LiPuma won five Grammy Awards and received 33 nominations.
He was working in music until his death and the last album he produced, Diana Krall's Turn Up the Quiet, will be released in May (17).
Paying tribute to the late music producer on Instagram, The Roots star writes, "The sound of TommyLiPuma (sic) was so distinct & consistent. Always using the same masterful musicians... and MOST importantly AlSchmit (sic) as his engineer - together Schmit & Lipuma would form such a 'breezy' (Los Angeles) Jazz sound that most critics dismissed this as... bland & bad for jazz.
"But I personally can't subscribe to this point of view. Lipuma helped give GeorgeBenson BarbraStreisand AlJarreau (sic) their best success under his leadership... Look I'm a sucker for clean sound, Lipuma had some of the best ears during his reign... This man has awesome history y'all. Rip to the master Tommy Lipuma."
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