I've had the joy of playing w/ Eddie Tigner for the last 10 years or so and we became close friends. We'd hang and talk after the gig, visit one another, lunches, phone calls (Eddie would greet me "hey partner"). Tried to call Eddie yesterday and it went to voice mail. Today he's beyond the coverage area. Eddie had quite a life. Traveled the country playing in the Ink Spots for 30 years. Played w/ Elmore James, Little Richard still owes him $400 for a gig,... and Eddie's been on the stage w/ tons of the Blues greats over years. Until a few months ago we played together every Sunday night. At 92 and a life long smoker, Eddie's passing was a foregone conclusion, still today i'm a bit numb. There's going to be a hell of a jam session tonight, Eddie still kicks ass on the piano. 'till we meet again my friend.