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Didier Lockwood in October 2014
|Born||11 February 1956|
|Died||18 February 2018 (aged 62)|
|Genres||Jazz, progressive rock|
|Labels||JMS, Gramavision, Dreyfus|
|Associated acts||Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Surya|
Didier Lockwood (11 February 1956 – 18 February 2018) was a French jazz violinist. He played in the progressive rock/jazz fusion band Magma in the 1970s and was known for his use of electric amplification and experimentation on different sounds on the electric violin.
In 1979, Lockwood released his first album as a leader, New World, and subsequently recorded more than 20 albums. In 1994, he moved to New York City for two years. During that time he recorded two albums, New York Rendez Vous and Storyboard.
Lockwood's influences included fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. He took up the electric violin after hearing Ponty play on the album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa. Another important influence was fellow Frenchman Stéphane Grappelli. In 2000, Lockwood recorded a tribute album to Grappelli.
With Billy Hart