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Great great player and he will be sorely missed. An absolute legend.
 

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Agree . . . the guy was a wonderful proponent of original jazz - a true master of soprano saxophone (among several reeds). DAVE
 

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I got to see him a couple times back in the day when he and Kenny Davern formed the Soprano Summit. I didn't get to know him like I did Kenny, but have very fond memories of Wilber on the curved soprano and Kenny with the straight (before he rededicated his craft solely to clarinet).
 

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That's sad to hear.

I've seen him several times her in NL at the North Sea Jazz Festival (in the old days, when it was still a 'real' Jazz Festival!).

Fantastic musician for sure.
 

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Oh man Bob was the real deal. He was just one of those unique voices on soprano sax who truly mastered his craft. The man could play a melody like nobody else. So sorry to hear this.
 

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WOW! Thanks to everyone for posting those videos of Wilber and Davern and Vince, etc. Great stuff. Ironic to say that the sound of an earlier jazz-style is refreshing. So melodic!! DAVE
 
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