Flautist and tenor saxophonist who was known for his stage presence, which included improvisations and political rants.
He went blind when he was young due to poor medical treatment.
He typically appeared on stage with all three horns hanging around his neck, as well as a variety of other instruments, including flutes and whistles and one of his more well known techniques was to sing or hum into the flute at the same time as playing.
He had a son named Rory with his wife Dorthaan.
He collaborated on numerous occasions with producer Quincy Jones and is the lead flute on Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova".