Accounts of Dave Lambert's death vary slightly in details. It is established that he was on the Connecticut Turnpike and that a flat tire was involved and that he was struck by a tractor-trailer truck driven by Floyd H. Demby in the wee hours of October 3, 1966. The disabled vehicle was not fully off the roadway and its lights were turned off.Enjoy and think of Dave. By the way, Jon and Annie are still with us, Jon being 92 years old.
Some accounts mention that Richard Hillman was killed in the same incident. Newspaper stories differ about whose vehicle was disabled. Jet Magazine's account says it was a panel truck owned by Lambert. Jon Hendricks' telling of the story says that Lambert was a compulsive do-gooder and that he had stopped to assist another motorist. The newspaper followup stories say that Demby was not at fault and that the Lambert and Hillman were in the roadway when they were struck.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Remembering Dave Lambert
When I was in my very early twenties, my friend Michael Lally turned me on to Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross. I've loved their work ever since. Every once in a while I get the itch to hear them and today was such a time. Only this time, I wanted to see them as well as hear them so I poked around on YouTube to find them in a live performance. I came across this gem. It's over 8 minutes long, but worth every breath. In listening and watching I realized how under-appreciated Dave Lambert was. Jon Hendricks is so charismatic and technically awesome that Dave often got overshadowed. This recording shows you that Dave had some serious chops. The tune: "Airegin" by Sonny Rollins -- by the way that's "Nigeria" spelled backwards. As you may know, Dave was tragically killed in a "traffic incident" in October of 1966. There are varying accounts, as summarized in the following from Wikipedia: