Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passed away in his sleep of unknown causes over the weekend. Bennett was a member of Wilco from 1994 through 2001. He was immediately dismissed from the band following the completion of landmark album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot due to disputes with band mate Jeff Tweedy over his involvement in the mixing of the record. Bennett’s multi-instrumentalism and songwriting genius will live on, both through his Wilco recordings and his subsequent solo and collaborative projects.
Below is the video for one of my favorite Wilco songs from Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, to which Bennett contributed some vital music and lyrics (Jay is not shown in the video).
Wilco – “Jesus, Etc.”