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Bassist Butch Warren Dies at 74

Blue Note house band member in early ’60s played with Monk, Hancock, others

Butch Warren, February 2012

Butch Warren, who served as the house bassist for Blue Note Records in the early 1960s, then virtually disappeared from the jazz scene later that decade until recent times, died yesterday, Oct. 5, at a hospital in Silver Spring, Md., according to an obituary in the Washington Post. Warren, who was 74, had suffered from lung cancer and emphysema.

Warren, who was the subject of a 2012 feature article in JazzTimes by Giovanni Russonello, was a longtime resident of Washington, D.C. His work on recordings by artists such as Sonny Clark, Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Donald Byrd, Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon and Joe Henderson, helped to define the music released on the label during that golden era.

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