Pianist Masabumi ‘Poo’ Kikuchi has died at the age of 75. His death has been reported by ECM who released a single album by the Tokyo-born player, Sunrise, three years ago. Kikuchi died in New York. There has been a steady stream of reaction to his death from fans online.

Masabumi Kikuchi played with luminaries such as Lionel Hampton as a young man, in the 1970s working with Gil Evans and Elvin Jones.

Kikuchi albums included Melancholy Gil, Dreamachine and East Wind (top) while as a sideman he appeared in bands led by Pee Wee Ellis, Terumasa Hino, the singer Helen Merrill and Paul Motian and significantly on a series of Tethered Moon albums for the German Winter & Winter label. No cause of death has been given.