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Roderick Poole: 1962-2007
Roderick Poole
Improvising guitarist

Born: 1962 in London, England
Died: May 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, California

Unique Guitarist Murdered

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British-born guitarist Rod Poole released only a handful of recordings during his 35-year career, but his artistry won him high praise from those he encountered. "Rod was a true artist, probably a genius," wrote fellow guitarist Nels Cline. "He had an amazing capacity as both music fan and autodidact musician visionary."

Poole, 45, was stabbed to death during a dispute in the parking lot of Mel's Drive-In in Hollywood. According to Los Angeles Police reports, Poole and his wife Lisa got into an argument with another couple in a car after the motorists narrowly avoided hitting the guitarist. Michael Sheridan, 25, and his 24-year-old wife, Angela Sheridan, were charged with murder and held in lieu of bail set at $1 million each.

Poole experimented with a number of musical forms during the 1970s, and by the mid-'80s had developed a unique style of acoustic finger picking. He was a co-founder of the Oxford Improvisers' Collective before moving to Los Angeles in 1989.

After immigrating to the United States Poole studied the theory of just intonation with Ervin Wilson and formed a microtonal improvising trio, Acoustic Guitar Trio, with Cline and Jim McCauley. He recorded two solo recordings, The Death Adder and December 96 for WIN Records and also recorded for Derek Bailey's Incus label.

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