Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rashied Ali turns 74 today

Ali is one of the more well known names in avant-garde jazz circles - perhaps best known for his role as John Coltrane's drummer from late 1965 until Trane's death in 1967. He's a bit under-recorded (just my opinion, and my typical complaint about most jazz performers), but his recorded work is exemplary. Rashied's solo recordings (mostly from the 1970s) are well-worth seeking out, as well as recording sessions led by the aforementioned John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Alan Shorter, Charles Gayle, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, and Jackie McLean. More recently, Ali has led a project called Prima Materia which focuses on covering and reinterpreting the music of Albert Ayler and John Coltrane.

Sidebar: His brother Muhammad is also a drummer, most noteworthy for his work with Frank Wright during the 1970s.

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