Bob Belden

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James Robert Belden (* 31 October 1956 in Charleston , South Carolina ; † 20th May 2015 in New York City , New York ) was an American jazz - saxophonist , who is primarily entered as an arranger and producer in appearance.

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Belden, who grew up in Goose Creek , was a member of Woody Herman's Orchestra after graduating from the University of North Texas in 1978 . From 1981 to 1985 he worked with Donald Byrd and with the Mel Lewis Orchestra . In 1983 he moved to New York City to arrange for various studios. Gil Evans influenced his debut album Treasure Island . Belden subsequently arranged music by the Beatles , Puccini , Prince , Carole King and Sting for jazz orchestras. He then worked for Blue Note Records as artistic director: he produced the albums Turning Point and Journey for the McCoy Tyner Big Band , both of which were awarded a Grammy . Other of his productions have received awards (such as Renee Rosnes ' Ancestor with a Juno Award ).

Belden also worked on the re-releases of Charles Mingus (such as Charles Mingus and Friends in Concert from 1972) and Miles Davis on Columbia Records ( Grammy for the liner notes of the Miles Davis Quintet edition 1965–1968 ). He then worked in a duo with Tim Hagans . In 2001 he published the large orchestral work Black Dahlia , which builds on the novel The Black Dahlia and was inspired by the music of film noir . In 2008 he released the double CD Miles in India , produced by him , on which Indian and American jazz musicians cover compositions by Miles Davis; this was nominated in 2009 for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album . He also played with his band Animation , which in 2001 released their album Re-Animation: Live! was also nominated for this Grammy.

In 2001 he was recognized as a talented producer in the Down Beat critics poll , which deserves further attention. Belden died on May 20, 2015 at the age of 58 in the New York borough of Manhattan of a heart attack .

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  1. Bob Belden's most personal music: Black Dahlia , background interview by Howard Mandel , accessed November 3, 2015
  2. Ben Ratliff: Bob Belden, Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Historian, Dies at 58. In: The New York Times, May 21, 2015 (English, accessed May 26, 2015).