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James Mtume, “Juicy Fruit” Artist and R&B Musician, Dies at 76

James Mtume, a percussionist who played in Miles Davis’ founding fusion group from 1971 to 1975 and then enjoyed success with his own eponymous group, has died at the age of 76.

The daughter of late Mtume creative partner Reggie Lucas Lisa Lucas took to Twitter this morning to confirm the musician’s passing.

“So much loss. So much grief. Rest the power to Uncle Mtume. My late father was an accomplice in crime, the co-creator of the songs of my life (and my birth!). He was an integral part of the life of the man who made me, so so am I. Gone now. He will be sorely missed, eternally, “Lucas wrote.

James Mtume’s namesake group has had several No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts, including the highly sampled “Juicy Fruit”.
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There is no cause of death at the time of reporting.

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Mtume has appeared on 80 albums along with a wide variety of other notable musicians including Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Roberta Flack and Lonnie Liston Smith.

His namesake band Mtume has had several No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts, including the highly sampled “Juicy Fruit”.

American jazz musician Miles Davis (1926 - 1991) arriving at London Airport, circa 1973.

American jazz musician Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) arriving at London Airport, circa 1973.
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During his time with his own band, Mtume has also written songs for an assortment of artists, including Stephanie Mills’ hit single “Never Knew Love Like This Before” for which he both received Grammy for Best Writing. and production of R&B songs and the Roberta Flack / Donny Hathaway singles “The Closer I get To You” and “Back Together Aga and the Roberta Flack / Donny Hathaway hit singles” The Closer I Get To You “and” Back Together Again “.

After Mtume’s disbandment, James Mtume resumed his already prolific songwriting and production career, which included writing R. Kelly’s “Freak Tonight” from the soundtrack of “A Thin Line Between Love. and Hate, “and the co-production of Mary J. Blige’s album,” Share My Monde. ” He also produced Roy Ayers and the Bar-Kays, and composed the music and theme song for the 1990s televised crime drama “New York Undercover”.

James Mtume has influenced many artists including Swizz Beatz (right).

James Mtume has influenced many artists including Swizz Beatz (right).
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Information on survivors and memorial plans was not immediately available.

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