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Trumpeter Raphe Malik Dies at 59

Trumpeter Raphe Malik died March 8 at age 57 in Guilford, Vt., after a long illness. Malik excelled at high-energy free jazz, and is remembered for his work in Cecil Taylor’s various 1970s and ’80s bands.

Born Laurence Mazel in Cambridge, Mass., Nov. 1 1948, Malik spent most of his life in the Boston area. In high school, he was a regional New England tennis champion who also studied Mandarin Chinese through a State Department intensive language course. He later attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and then Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he studied and played with Taylor, Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille.

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