Believe it or not, I found a Smooth Jazz artist whose name fits both the letter of the day (Z) for the A to Z Chalenge as well as my theme (words containing an X).
Zachary Breaux was a jazz guitarist who was influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery. As a sideman, he worked with jazz greats such as Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff and others. As a solo artist, he recorded three albums before his untimely death at 36 in 1997.
Zachary recorded “Comin’ Home Baby,” a jazz standard by Ben Tucker, live for his 1992 album Groovin’, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s club in New York.
“Café Reggio” is a song written by Isaac Hayes’s soundtrack for the 1971 film Shaft. Zachary recorded this for his last album, 1997’s Uptown Groove.
Zachary was in Miami Beach on vacation with his family in February 1997 when he tried to save a woman caught in the riptide. He himself was caught in the riptide and suffered a fatal heart attack. The woman he tried to save also died.
Zachary Breaux, your Two for Tuesday, April 30, 2019.