A tribute from Trevor Williams of the band Audience says it better than I can.
“Just heard the very sad news that my old Audience colleague and ace saxman, Keith Gemmell, has died at the age of 68.
Keith had been suffering from throat cancer for several years and had been slowly losing the ability to play. Audience’s last gig took place at the 100 Club in May 2013 and somehow I knew – and I think he knew – it was his swansong. And he played a blinder! He ALWAYS played a blinder!
I’ve been fortunate to play alongside some brilliant musicians in my time and while I’m always writing obits as a means of reminding myself and others of the musical achievements of people I didn’t always know personally, I don’t presently know what to write about someone I knew so well. So I’ll do all that later and, for now, simply post Audience’s signature tune and one of Keith’s most memorable recordings. All I can add is – you should have heard him do this live!!!!”
I did. I never knew anyone else who played a sax through an echo unit. Always a fan of Audience and was mightily impressed when he joined Stackridge for awhile. A gent.