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Dave Carpenter

(11.4.59 - 6.24.08)

The sum of a man’s life is difficult to measure and nearly impossible to describe in several hundred words. However, when a comrade-in-arms falls, one is summoned to characterize this person, in part to help assuage the grief as well as to help make certain that his or her accomplishments will not fall between the cracks and be forgotten.

Dave Carpenter left us so suddenly this past summer that we’re all still scrambling for words, not to mention how to fill the gaps in our musical worlds. The loss of any friend or colleague is devastating enough, but the sting of Dave’s death has been particularly keen for every musician who knew or admired his work. Dave Carpenter was not the best-known bassist on the scene, although his name was always at the top of any musician list I would compile during the past 10 years or more. And he left us music galore to remember him by.

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