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Pianist and Composer Clare Fischer Dies at 83

Prolific musician worked with Gillespie, Shearing, McCartney and others

Clare Fischer, a pianist, composer and arranger who wrote scores for films and television and worked with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Cal Tjader, Joe Pass and George Shearing, as well as pop artists Paul McCartney, Prince and Michael Jackson, died Jan. 26 at age 83 in Burbank, Calif. Fischer had suffered a heart attack two weeks earlier.

Fischer, who (often with his son, arranger /conductor Brent Fischer) also worked with Natalie Cole, Branford Marsalis, Carlos Santana, Raphael Saadiq, Chaka Khan, Usher and Brandy, was nominated for 11 Grammy awards in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category. He won in 1986 for his album Free Fall and in 1981 for Salsa Picante plus 2+2.

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