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article imageRashied Ali, legendary drummer, dead at 74

By KJ Mullins     Aug 13, 2009 in Entertainment
Rashied Ali, a legendary jazz drummer, has passed away at the age of 74 on Wednesday. Rashied Ali was a member of John Coltrane's band. He also was the founder of New York's Ali’s Alley in 1973.
Rashied Ali, then known as Robert Patterson was born in Philadelphia. His drumming career started in the US Army. He changed his name after converting to Islam. In 1963 he moved to New York City, fitting into the world of jazz. He brought to the scene his own style for the skins, "free jazz" drumming.
Jazzwise Magazine reports:
“Rashied Ali falls into that uneasy category of musicians defined by a single moment in their careers and for whom it is hard to imagine a more secure or appropriate berth. He’d been to Japan with Rollins; he went back with Coltrane. Between most of what were to be the fundamental questions of the new jazz were drafted. If Rollins was Noah, up to his rainbow bridge, then Coltrane was certainly Moses, struggling to deliver his music from its bonds. On this model, Ali is Aaron, the embodiment of liberation within the laws, carrying his twin rods, and getting water out of his stones.”
Ali performed this past weekend with his By Any Means trio at the Newport Jazz Festival.
Three recordings by Rashied Ali have been released by BlueMusicGroup.com in memory of the legendary drummer.
Cause of death has not been disclosed.
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