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Music World Mourns the Loss of Visionary Saxophonist Casey Benjamin

The celebrated saxophonist and Robert Glasper Experiment standout remembered for his innovation and collaboration

The music industry is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Casey Benjamin, a highly regarded saxophonist known for his integral role in the Robert Glasper Experiment, at the age of 46. A musician of exceptional caliber, Benjamin’s death has been met with an outpouring of tributes from fans and collaborators alike, honoring his profound influence and the void his departure leaves behind.

Benjamin’s journey with music began in the neighborhood of South Jamaica, Queens, New York, where at the tender age of eight, he discovered his passion for the saxophone. His talent blossomed through his studies at the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and continued at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It was there he met Robert Glasper, a meeting that would lead to a deeply influential creative partnership.

As a founding member of the Robert Glasper Experiment, Benjamin helped craft a sound that defied genre boundaries, merging elements of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop into a seamless auditory experience. Their album “Black Radio” not only won them a Grammy for Best R&B Album but also reshaped the landscape of modern music with its innovative approach. His collaborations extended far beyond the Experiment, including work with luminaries such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Beyoncé, further solidifying his legacy as a versatile and boundary-pushing artist.

Beyond his celebrated work with the Experiment, Benjamin’s versatility shone through collaborations across various musical domains. His saxophone lent soulful narratives to projects while his work with DJ Logic underscored his versatility and willingness to traverse musical boundaries. Vernon Reid and Sinkane, among others, have expressed their shock and sorrow, noting Benjamin’s immense talent and humble nature.

His passing leaves a silence in the world of music that will be hard to fill. The affection and respect he garnered from across the industry are reflected in the collective grief and heartfelt tributes that have poured in, celebrating his life and the indelible mark he left on the world of music. His legacy, like his music, will continue to inspire and resonate with artists and fans for generations to come.

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