He was one of the nicest jazz musicians ever, without the attitude of Miles Davis or arrogance. His sensitivity and finesse made him uniquely approachable and a great dude to hang out with. Trust me, I knew him.
He picked up Quincy Jones and gave him his start.
RIP Lionel, a great man and friend.
He was a real charitable man, funding many housing projects.
He was a Republican, who was also a 33rd degree Freemason. What a bamf.
He could swat a bullet with the hammers he played his vibes with.
He was such a bamf on the vibes that after he had a stroke, he even continued to play.