Italian saxophonist Mario Schiano passed away on the 10th after a long illness. He was one the key figures of the development of free jazz and improvisation in his country.
A great article by Francesco Martinelli containing the most precise historical info available to my knowledge can be found at Point of Departure. Discographical info can be found here, and CDs can be purchased from Italian label Splasc(h) (including a reissue of the early "If Not Ecstatic We Refund") as well as from Atavistic.
Link in the comment for MP3 version of the Rivers/Schiano/Holland/Altschul record "Rendez-vous" on Red/Vedette from 1977, as posted on Church Number 9.
Rest in peace Mr. Schiano.