Maxi Jazz, front man for British band Faithless, dead at 65

NEW YORK (AP) – Maxi Jazz, the DJ and singer who fronted the eclectic dance group Faithless, known for hits like “Insomnia” and “We Come 1,” has died. He was 65 years old.

Faithless announced her death on social media on Saturday, saying she “passed away peacefully in her sleep last night”.

“He was a man who changed our lives in so many ways. It gave our music a proper meaning and a message. He was a beautiful human being whose time and wisdom were profound and accessible to all,” the group’s statement reads.

Further details about his death were not immediately available.

Born Maxwell Fraser in London, Maxi Jazz emerged on the British club scene in the 1980s as a pirate radio DJ and founder of the Soul Food Cafe System. He later formed Faithless with producer-instrumentalist-DJ Rollo Armstrong, keyboardist-DJ Sister Bliss and singer-songwriter Jamie Cotto. They had such a wide range of influences that their label described their 1996 debut album Reverence as “folk-house-hip-hop-blues-ambience-jazz-rap for the dance floor and the sofa”.

“Reverence” didn’t catch on at first, but eventually gained a wide following; the band gained worldwide fame through their dynamic performances and albums, including the greatest hits compilations “Outrospective” and “Forever Faithless.”

Faithless broke up in 2011 but recently reunited, sans Jazz, who has since formed Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys.

The Associated Press

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