Friday, August 14, 2009

Rashied Ali (1935-2009)

Jazz drummer Rashied Ali, who replaced Elvin Jones in Coltrane’s band, died on Wednesday. He was 74. The New York Times obituary is here.

After his legendary free-jazz recordings with Trane, Rashied Ali collaborated with other outstanding avant-gardists such as Frank Lowe, Arthur Blythe, Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, James Blood Ulmer and Jaco Pastorius.

Click here to hear “Mars,” from the Coltrane/Ali duo album “Interstellar Space,” recorded in 1967.


estiv said...

In the Rolling Stone History of the Sixties, he was interviewed about John Coltrane, and it was interesting to get a very personal perspective on such a monumental figure. It's worth seeking out.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Thanks, estiv.