• Joe Maneri

Singular Boston-area reedist Joe Maneri died yesterday at home at 82, his family at his side. Though he never gained widespread fame—in part because he spent most of his career in academia, teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music, and in part because his microtonal approach alienated him from standard jazz harmony as well as many potential listeners—he was a true original. He developed his own 72-tone scale (the conventional octave, of course, has just 12 steps), which made it hard to find willing and committed cohorts, but he nonetheless released a stunning stream of albums late in life.