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Roy Haynes


Roy Haynes falls at the less rambunctious end of the spectrum of jazz drummers. He’s made his mark on jazz through clever phrasing and polyrhythms, as well as superb timekeeping. Haynes is capable of wringing a startling variety of tones from relatively few drums; he’s always known just where and when to hit his snare and toms to achieve various musical effects. A founder of Bop, Haynes played with Charlie Parker in the early 1950s, then with Thelonious Monk later in the decade. Afro-Cuban rhythm has always been part of his repertoire -- he played on the famous Afro-Cubop sessions with a group led by mambo legend Machito. He began releasing his own albums in 1958, and enjoyed a successful solo career through the mid-‘60s. After 1965, Haynes worked primarily as a sideman, but in the late ‘80s made an exciting comeback with the new, Latin-influenced electric sound of the Hip Ensemble.
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