January 29, 2023

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Faithless singer Maxi Jazz, dead at 65

Maxi Jazz, lead singer of influential British dance group Faithless, has died at the age of 65.

“We are heartbroken to say that Maxi Jazz passed away last night (December 23),” the group announced in a Facebook post. “He was a man who changed our lives in many ways. He gave our music the right meaning and message. ”

“He was also a lovely person with time for everyone and a wisdom that was both profound and accessible. It was an honor and of course a real pleasure to work with him,” the statement added. “He was a brilliant lyricist, a DJ, a Buddhist, a great stage presence, a car enthusiast, a never-ending orator, a beautiful person, a moral compass and a genius.”

A separate statement posted to Instagram said Maxi Jazz “died peacefully in his sleep,” but a cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Maxi Jazz – real name Maxwell Fraser – was born in 1957 in Brixton. In 1995 he formed Faithless with Rollo Armstrong, Jamie Catto and Sister Bliss. The group released their debut album Reverence the following year. It was certified platinum due to two top 10 singles, “Insomnia” and “Salva Mea”.

Faithless’ second album, 1998’s Sunday 8PM, boasted another Top 10 single, God is a DJ, and earned the band a Mercury Prize nomination for UK Album of the Year. With the release of their third album Outrospective in 2001, Faithless cemented their status as one of Britain’s most popular acts, culminating in a 2002 headlining gig at Glastonbury.

Faithless earned their first and only No. 1 album with the release of No Roots in 2004. It contained popular singles like “One Step Too Far” feat. Dido and “Mass Destruction,” which Dave Grohl described as the one song he wished he wrote himself.

Over the next half decade, Faithless released two more albums, 2006’s To All New Arrivals and 2010’s The Dance, as well as a greatest hits compilation called Forever Faithless. The latter release proved to be the UK’s best-selling dance album of 2005, going five times platinum. They also headlined Glastonbury for a second time in 2010.

Faithless went on a seven-year hiatus beginning in 2011. When the group eventually returned they were without Maxi Jazz who instead focused on a new project called Maxi Jazz and The E-Type Boys.