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Gil Melle Dies

Gil Melle, a baritone saxophonist, composer, painter and pioneer in electronic music, died Thurs., Oct. 28 of a heart attack at his home in Malibu, Calif. He was 73 years old.

Melle was born in New York City in 1931 and began painting and playing the saxophone at an early age. He signed to Blue Note at 19 and was the first white artist on the label. He made several 10-inch records for Blue Note and Prestige throughout the early 1950s before recording his first full-length LP for Blue Note, Patterns In Jazz, in 1956.

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