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Jazz bassist Michelot dies at 77
Jazz musician Pierre Michelot, who was widely regarded as Europe's best jazz bassist in the 1950s, has died aged 77.

Michelot, who performed with jazz stars such as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, died on Sunday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Born in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, Michelot both recorded and toured with Davis.

They teamed up on the acclaimed soundtrack to Louis Malle's 1950s thriller Ascenseur pour L'Echafaud.

Wartime performances

Originally trained in classical piano, Michelot learned bass as a teenager and then performed for US troops stationed in France after the end of the Second World War.

In addition to Davis, Michelot worked with other notable US and French jazz musicians, such as Sidney Bechet, Stan Getz, Thelonius Monk and Lester Young.

"It was a dream to play with him," said pianist Rene Urtreger, a member of Michelot's longtime jazz trio HUM.

"He had a magnificent natural sound - clear, deep and true."

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