This is in Memory of Fitz Henrique Gore who sadly passed away June 16, 2002
I would like to express my deepest appreciation for his friendship, talent, musicality, his knowiedge and his experiences. I first met FITZ GORE — an extremely talented and distinguished Jamaican-born tenor saxophone player — in spring of 1998. We immediately got along. Since then, he has played a significant role in my progress as a pianist, by attending many of my gigs, giving me useful pointers for improvement and providing me with tons of older jazz recordings from his collection for me to study from. A lot of my musical Inspiration come from these recordings. Listening to some of Fitz’s old recordings, I realized that I had run into a musician unlike any I had ever heard before. When hearing his interpretation of well known ballads, one immediately recognizes FITZ GORE’S characteristics: he gives his horn everything it has, with its expressive, thundering, melodic, meditative and soulful Sounds. He blows the lax like there is no tomorrow, each solo sounds like it’s going to be his last.