A prolific pacemaker, drummer’s drummer and all-around good guy: the music world is a little quieter and a lot less bright today. Alphonse Mouzon, who drummed in Weather Report and Eleventh House and backed Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, died at age 68 on Sunday (Dec. 25), according to the New York Times. Mouzon suffered from cardiac arrest after a long struggle with neuroendocrine cancer.
Mouzon played on the Weather Report's seminal 1971 debut and sophomore album before departing the band to focus on solo efforts and work with Larry Coryell's jazz fusion outfit Eleventh House. He would later lend his beats to cross-genre musicians including Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Wonder, and Hancock.
Questlove took to Instagram to mourn the passing of the iconic drummer, writing, “If you were to ask [Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham] who his drumming hero was he'd no doubt declare the great Alphonse Mouzon, the fairest of them all. And that is a correct statement. I can't even begin to tell you of his influence on me drumming. Rest In Beats Alphonse!” Check out Mouzon doin' his thing in the video up top.