Jazz artist who recorded the top-selling Swiss Movement and its platinum hit, Compared to What. He also dabbled in R&B and soul.
He taught himself the piano and developed an interest in jazz during his time in San Francisco with the U.S. military.
His 1973 Live at Montreux and Layers were critically acclaimed and set expectations that he could not live up to.
His family was residing in Lexington, Kentucky, when he was born.
He turned down an offer early in his career from Miles Davis to join Davis' group, opting instead to start his own.