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Roy Haynes’ distinguished career stretches from the birth of bebop all the way into the 21st century. This legendary drummer has collaborated with numerous major artists and has played everything from old-school swing to free jazz. Haynes turned 86 in 2011, and Roy-alty, released the same year, is excellent. He’s accompanied by his Fountain of Youth Band: alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Martin Bejerano, and bassist David Wong. Pianist Chick Corea and trumpeter Roy Hargrove are special guests, while other musicians also contribute. The album kicks off with Sonny Rollins’ “Grand Street,” a track where Haynes provides thunderous statements in an exciting call-and-response exchange with the rest of the group. The drummer lends vocals and a little storytelling to Chano Pozo’s “Tin Tin Deo,” which pays homage to the great Cuban percussionist. Two of the best cuts, “Off Minor” (by Thelonious Monk) and “All the Bars Are Open,” are duets between Haynes and Corea. It’s fascinating to hear Monk filtered through Corea, and the latter track is an intriguing improvisation by two masters.

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Roy Haynes may be 86yrs old but he's still got the x-factor. Roy is backed by some of NYC's finest young players Jaleel Shaw on alto sax & bassist Dave Wong, pianist Martin Berjerano. These guys provide the improv sparks as Haynes grooves the band from the kit. Chick Corea & Roy Hargrove make potent contributions, especially the duet between Corea & Haynes on "All The Bars Are Open" an awesome statement from two masters. Check this out you won't regret it if your a fan of any of these players.

Amazing! He's how old?



Born: March 13, 1925 in Roxbury, MA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A veteran drummer long overshadowed by others, but finally gaining recognition for his talents and versatility, Roy Haynes has been a major player since the 1940s. He worked early on with the Sabby Lewis big band, Frankie Newton, Luis Russell (1945-1947), and Lester Young (1947-1949). After some engagements with Kai Winding, Haynes was a member of the Charlie Parker Quintet (1949-1952); he also recorded during this era with Bud Powell, Wardell Gray, and Stan Getz. Haynes toured the world with Sarah...
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Roy-Alty, Roy Haynes
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 13, 2011

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