Masterful song stylist
from the ‘70s and ‘90s.
By Fred Mills
Seventies folk/jazz guitarist Terry Callier, who experienced
a notable career resurgence in the ‘90s when he was rediscovered by several
influential British musicians (among them, Beth Orton and Massive Attack, who
subsequently collaborated with him), passed away this weekend (Oct. 28) at his Chicago home. He was 67.
Callier’s fluid, lyrical guitar style, coupled with an earnestly
soulful voice, powered a modest yet memorable string of albums in the ‘60s and ‘70s,
including 1972’s Occasional Rain. He
later disappeared, however, working and going to school in Chicago throughout the ‘80s. After London’s storied Acid
Jazz label began reissuing his material in the early ‘90s he wound up traveling
overseas to tour successfully, which led to the Orton and Massive Attack
connections. One key latterday album: 1998’s Timepeace, featuring the magnificent track “Lazarus Man.”