Musician Nick Webb Dead At 43
Taraska / February 6, 1998
Nick Webb, a founding
member of Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group Acoustic Alchemy,
died yesterday in London of pancreatic cancer. He was 43. At the time of
his death, Webb was working on the group's 10th album, "Positive Thinking,"
which is scheduled for a May release from GRP Records.
Webb is survived by his wife, Kay, and a
- Guitarist and composer Nick Webb, a founding member of the contemporary
jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, died in London on February 5, 1998 from
cancer, the group's publicist said. He was 43.
Webb, a native of England, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer
a year ago, and at the time of his death was finishing work on the
Grammy-nominated group's 10th album, Positive Thinking, publicist David Millman said.
"Nick was a sweet, wonderful man and a wonderful friend,"
said Webb's chief collaborator, Greg Carmichael, who formed Acoustic
Alchemy with Webb in 1987. "Though this past year was quite difficult for
him, Nick managed to write some of the most beautiful music of his life. If
there's any silver lining, it's knowing that, 'till the very end, he was
doing what he loved and that he was surrounded by his adoring family,"
Carmichael said in a statement.
Webb is survived
by his wife, Kay, and their daughter, Alexandra. Private services were held in
his home county of Wiltshire, England, on February 14.
A Recorded Tribute
Russ Freeman and Craig Chaquico release their latest project
this Tuesday. From the Redwoods to the Rockies demonstrates the influence
of Freeman's Colorado environment merged with Chaquico's constant love for nature and Native American culture.
Freeman says that this is a much simpler, more mellow side of himself, so don't expect
a Rippingtons with special guest Craig Chaquico sound. Special guests include Paul Taylor
and David Benoit. Two songs on the album are special dedications: "Fallen Heroes" is for
Nick Webb of Acoustic Alchemy and Michael Hedges who both died within the last year. And
"Seattle Child" was composed for Jimi Hendrix. The CD will be filed under Freeman at your favorite
record store. ~Mindspring