British prog-rock/free-jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill passed away today after a serious illness. He was 79. Coxhill was a versatile, inventive player who worked with ex-Soft Machine member Kevin Ayers' group the Whole World, Canterbury prog band Delivery, jazz giant Anthony Braxton, guitar-improv legend Derek Bailey, punk rockers the Damned, Tubular Bells composer Mike Oldfield, and many others, while also recording several albums as a group leader. Coxhill is also well known for his decidedly quirky cover of the Beatles' "I Am the Walrus" from the Ear of the Beholder LP.

Here is longtime friend Robert Wyatt's eulogy and an excellent composition on which both played.

Coxhill's the bald, bearded gent soloing beautifully halfway through this Ayers song.