Singer Maxi Jazz mourned as ‘incredible talent’

The music world has been paying tribute to the lead singer of British dance act Faithless with one British DJ hailing him as “an incredible talent”.

Maxi Jazz, whose real name was Maxwell Fraser, died “peacefully in his sleep” on Friday night.

The musician and DJ was a core member of Faithless – a band best known for its club classic Insomnia.

Dutch trance legend Armin van Buuren hopes Jazz’s music keeps on “inspiring others”.

Various aspects of the music industry have continued to pay tribute to Jazz since his death was announced.

Independent label Rough Trade Records said the 65-year-old played a “pivotal role in the world of British electronica”.

British DJ Judge Jules described Jazz as an “incredible talent and a complete gent”, while DJ and radio presenter Mistajam remarked that Jazz’s “words and performances touched so many of us”.

Jazz was a huge fan of Crystal Palace Football Club and became an associate director in 2012.

Crystal Palace’s first team will walk out to Faithless as they take on Fulham at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Boxing Day, the club’s chairman wrote on Twitter.

Steve Parish added: “Desperately sad to hear the news that we lost Maxi this morning. He was such a huge talent, a massive supporter of the club in every way and just a wonderful kind-hearted man.

“He made the world dance, sing and laugh and someone I was privileged to call a friend. RIP Maxi.”