This week we honor one of the greatest drummers in the history of music, Roy Haynes. Originally from Boston, Haynes is one of the last living musicians who performed with all of the following jazz giants: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Sarah Vaughn. If you include other past and current jazz greats it’s not a stretch to say that Roy has literally played with everybody. A partial list would include: Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Stitt, Lee Konitz, Oliver Nelson, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner, Gary Burton, and Pat Metheny.
Known for his signature sound, Phil and Jon discuss his cymbals, drums, and tuning and how that became an integral part of the jazz lexicon. They also talk about the first time they heard Roy and how he’s been a legitimate influence on virtually every drummer in existence.
Before the guys give their favorite Haynes picks they discuss the passing of the great John “Jabo” Starks and their remembrances of his tenure at the Red Bar in Grayton Beach, Florida.
Phil picks are:
“Sneakin’ Around” from Roy Haynes’ CD, “We Three”
“Snap, Crackle” from Roy Haynes’ CD, “Out of the Afternoon”
“Satan’s Mysterious Feeling” from Roy Haynes’ CD, “Hip Ensemble”
“Solar” from Pat Metheny’s CD, “Question and Answer”
Jon’s picks are:
“My Favorite Things” from John Coltrane’s CD, “Live at Newport ’63”
“Rhythm-a-Ning” from Chick Corea’s CD, “Trio Music”
“Elucidation” from Gary Burton’s CD, “Like Minds”
“Now’s the Time” from Roy Haynes’ CD, “Birds of a Feather”
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