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Barney Wilen,59, the French pioneer of 1960s...


Barney Wilen,59, the French pioneer of 1960s "free jazz" and a sizzling saxophonist who once toured with Miles Davis, died of cancer Saturday in Paris.

He became a big name in the 1950s and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the 1980s. In 1957, he sat in on a legendary session with Mr. Davis for "Ascenseur pour l'Echafaud" ("Elevator for the Scaffold"), a now-classic film by the late director Louis Malle.

It was a pivotal gig for Mr. Wilen, who quickly became a symbol of jazz in France.

He toured Europe with Mr. Davis in 1959, and played later in Paris with other jazz greats, including Dizzy Gillespie, J. J. Johnson, John Lewis and Bud Powell.

Bradley Nowell,28, lead singer for the band Sublime, was found dead in his motel room Saturday in San Francisco. The band, formed in 1988, was about to begin a tour in the United States and Europe. The coroner's office said the cause of death won't be known for weeks.

Pub Date: 5/29/96

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