‘Pinoy Jazz’ creator dies of massive stroke

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Eddie Munji III. MEL OROSA/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Eddie Munji III, the guitarist known for his creative arrangements of traditional Filipino folk songs as well as local pop tunes, died of massive stroke at past 7 p.m. Sunday at the Queen Mary Help of Christians Hospital in Cardona, Rizal, his niece Cristina Antonino confirmed to the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He was 57.

Antonino said that Munji, who was suffering from hypertension, collapsed in the bathroom of his home in Cardona around 3 a.m. He was brought to the hospital where doctors tried to revive him unsuccessfully.

His death came on the heels of the passing of another outstanding Filipino musician, bassist Roger Herrera, 80, who died of pneumonia on Nov. 14.

Known as “Lakay” among his colleagues because of his matured musical outlook at a young age, Munji became part of a generation of top-notch musicians who helped define the sound of contemporary Filipino music in the 1970s and ’80s.

“Eddie was my guitarist in the ‘Team A’ of session musicians after Narding Castañeda left,” pianist-composer-arranger Ryan Cayabyab told the Inquirer.

“We did mostly big shows together with Roger Herrera and Jun Regalado. He was the featured guitar player on my first album, ‘Roots To Routes.’ He was the original guitarist of my pop ballet “Ramahari” (to be restaged on Nov. 30 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines).

He was part of my close barkada of arrangers in the ’70s and ’80s which included Willie Cruz, Lorrie Illustre, Jun Latonio, Quito Colayco and Babsie Molina.”

In 1978, Munji’s album, “Pinoy Jazz,” was released. It contained wonderful, intricately arranged versions of “Bahay Kubo,” “Salidummay,” Sarung Banggi,” “Pandangguhan,” among others.

Said Cayabyab: “His arrangements were inventive and aggressive, quite ahead of its time. ‘Pinoy Jazz’ successfully pushed the genre that he owned.”

Drummer Jun Regalado, Munji’s collaborator along with Herrera in many recordings, said: “He was one of the best musical arrangers of our time. He worked best under pressure. Roger and I played on his album ‘Pinoy Jazz.’ He was also the guitarist and arranger of Bong Gabriel’s ‘Ang Aking Awitin’ (a finalist in the 2nd Metro Manila Pop Music Festival in 1979).”

Jim Paredes, who produced “Pinoy Jazz,” posted this message on Twitter four hours after Munji passed away: “I am devastated … feel a great loss. Eddie made great arrangements for APO. He was also a dear friend … Eddie arranged ‘Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo,’ ‘Panalangin,’ (Mahirap Magmahal ng) Syota ng Iba,’ ‘Syotang Pa-Class,’ ‘Lumang Tugtugin,’ ‘Salawikain,’ and many more.”

Munji’s remains will be brought to the funeral chapel of the Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City, his niece Max told the INQUIRER.

The wake will start 4 p.m. Tuesday (November 20) at the said venue.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Died at 57.  People are dying at younger age these days.

  • dodong1

    kailan kaya mamatay itong si Gloria at kanyang asawa na si TABA??

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESVAIDX4OCYM3CDGNAS2YISWX4 low

      ikaw dodong1, kelan ka kaya mamamatay pati ang pamilya mo? hindi ako pro-GMA at hindi naman din ako anti-GMA. gusto ko lang sabihin eh isipin muna ang mga sasabihin. mukhan dito ka lang matapang.

      • dodong1

        talagang iniisip ko ang mga sinasabi ko dito dahil kung sino pa yung mga mababait gaya ti eddie munji sila pa yung nauuna..hindi kagaya ng mga demonyong amo mong si Gloria at si TABA dapat sila ang mauuna…KUHA MO!!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESVAIDX4OCYM3CDGNAS2YISWX4 low

         UULITIN KO! hindi ako PRO – GMA at hindi rin ako ANTI – GMA.. kuha mo? kung matapang ka, eh di ikaw na!! hindi kasalanan ng ibang tao bat naghihirap kayong mga inutil. magtrabaho kasi kayo, mag ipon ng maayos hindi puro luho ang inaatupag nyo. puro kayo nakanganga! JUAN  TAMAD! itutulad mo ko sayong reklamador. bakit, tingin mo uunlad ka sa ginagawa mong yan? baka ikaw ang mag ingat at baka matapilok ka lang eh matigok ka na. o baka mabulunan ka lang. hinihintay ka na kung san ka man mapupunta. aantabayanan pa kitang inutil ka. hihintayin ko rin na pati si PNOY eh sisihin mong inutil ka.

      • dodong1

        bago ka maghusga hindi ka ba nagtataka kaya kung anong klaseng trabaho meron ako?? hindi ako nagrereklamo dahil yan ang katotohanan..gumising oy o di kaya gusto pumunta ako dyan at iuntog ko ulo mo para matauhan ka sa katotohanan sa mga kabulastugan na ginawa ng amo mong si Gloria at ang asawa nyang si TABA..MAUNLAD NA MAUNLAD na ang pamumuhay ko.. baka ikaw ang unang matigok dahil panay ang punta mo sa internet cafe..ha ha ha ha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/ESVAIDX4OCYM3CDGNAS2YISWX4 low

        eh ano pala ang mga sinasabi mo? hindi ba panay ang reklamo mo? EH KUNG ULO MO KAYA ANG IUNTOG KO KASI HINDI KA MARUNONG MAGBASA AT UMINTINDI, INULIT KO NANG HINDI AKO PRO-GMA AT HINDI AKO ANTI-GMA. kung hindi ba naman lahat ng KATANGAHAN SA MUNDO eh sinalo mo. oo pumupunta ako ng internet cafe kasi isa sa mga negosyo ko, BASAHIN MONG MABUTI, N-E-G-O-S-Y-O ko yon. bukod pa yon sa sinasahod ko sa pagtratrabaho. o baka sabihin mo galing kay GMA yan at pambayad utang saken yan. BOBO!! HINDI KA PA NAIISIP GAWIN NG MAGULANG MO NEGOSYANTE NA ANG PAMILYA NAMIN. ikaw, anong naitulong mo sa bansa mo kundi yang pagiging BITTER MO SA NAKARAANG ADMINISTRASYON?? SIGURO EH NABUBUHAY KA SA NAKARAAN ANO?

        ETO NA ANG HULI KONG REPLY SA ISANG KATULAD MO.

      • dodong1

        mukhang galit na galit ka..ha ha ha..internet cafe at magkano naman kaya ang kinikita araw araw lalo na at ang bayad lang 30 -50 pesos per hour..gastos sa kuryente kulang pa sa pambayad..invest ka ng kalahating million tapos bago bumalik ang investment mo patay ka na..ha ha ha talagang BITTER ako sa AMO MO dahil wala silang ginawa kundi magnakaw ng pera ng bayan at pera ko..marami akong naitulong sa bansa dahil marami na akong pinaaral at nakatapos at kasalukuyan nagtratrabaho ng marangal at nagbabayad pa ng buwis//IKAW KAYA PURO MANDARAYA SIGURADO SA MGA TAXES FILING MO SA MGA NEGOSYO KESO PURO LOSSES ANG CLAIMS MO DAHIL ISANG KANG MALAKING LOSSSSSSSER….by the way my friend.. i’ve live in the states for the last 35 years,worked hard,retired and bugged people like you…..he he he he he…KUHA MO!!!

      • dodong1

        dahil sa inyo at mga AMO mo naghihirap pa rin kaming mga Pilipino..dahil halos lahat ng kaban ng bayan ninakaw ninyong mga kampon ng masasama!! ANO KUHA MUNA??

      • dodong1

        kaya magdasal ka na dahil malapit ka na..magingat ka dyan kung saan ka man dahil oras na lang ang binibilang mo…ANO TALAGANG KUHA MO NA BA??

      • dodong1

        Hindi ako nag iisa dito na matapang ang galit sa inyo at mga AMO MO dahil sa mga ginawa nilang kabulastugan dahil marami kami.UULITIN KO KUHA MO!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LPLWHPS7B5WPHPRAREXBIP2BIY renato

    RIP in Christ Jesus lakay Eddie.  Thanks for creating a jazz genre of traditional Filipino music.  Your progressive guitar style will sorely be missed by pinoy guitarists too.  Salamat po. 

  • Pablo Juan

    RIP

  • rnoldrmada

    This saddens me deeply because I grew up listening to songs he wrote and collaborated with other artists notably APO Hiking. It’s a big loss losing an artist like him…innovative, dynamic and corageous. With his pinoy jazz it opened a whole and unique kind genre that is totally his invention and which has left a huge  impression on thousands of music lovers.
    Even though I did not know him personally, I will always be grateful to the music he has given and how often through his artistic and musical expressions he made me realize how vital music is in our lives.
    Thanks, Eddie!  Your music lives on…. 

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