[JPL] Vibist/Composer Bobby Paunetto: RIP @ 66

Arturo Gomez arturo at kuvo.org
Thu Aug 12 12:19:37 EDT 2010

The always progressive Bobby Paunetto passed away on Tues, August 10th at Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, NY, he was 66 and had been suffering from multiple sclerosis since the late 1970s. Born on June 22nd, 1944 in Brooklyn, he was raised in the Bronx and was a standout athlete in high school until the Latin music bug hit him. Influenced by Cal Tjader  Bobby who was of Spanish and Italian heritage took up the vibes and graduated from Berklee in the early 1970s. His ahead of the time 1965 recording "El Sonido Moderno/Modern Sounds Of" has recently been re-issued with bonus tracks. His mid-70s recordings on his own label Pathfinder label, Commit To memory and Paunetto's Point(a song Cal Tjader wrote for him) are considered progressive classics with an all star line up including the future founders of the Ft Apache Band, Justo Almario. Ronnie Cuber, Tom Harrell and others  In the mid-90s Bobby issued  Composer In Public with another stellar line up of fist rate musicians playing his music.

Robert Vince Paunetto: June 22, 1944 to August 10, 2010. RIP

Arturo Gómez
Music Director
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