Francisco Aguabella passed away at the age of 84 on May 6, 2010. He is gone, but his music and spirit remain. I was his attorney for the last 17 years, and he backed me as a musician on a number of projects. He was one of the greatest drummers in the history of music, playing drums and congas and many other percussive instruments. You can hear him on these cds: First Love, Last Love, Dizzy, and Contemporary Retro.
What a powerful presence this quiet man brought to any occasion. He was gifted, and through discipline, perfected his craft so that he is rightfully regarded as one of the giants in the history of drumming, from bata to conga, Afro-Cuban to rock to traditional. He played up to the end, and I was very touched to see him lug his heavy drums uncomplaining nor asking for assistance. I never saw him angry, I never heard him complain, he loved people, and we loved him back. He was a class act in every sense of the word, kind, reliable, stable, and consistently humble. He was a genuine in what he did, had a good sense of humor, and fun to be around. He wanted to do his best at all times.
What an honor it is to have known and worked with this fine person.