Roy Haynes – Not Everything I Play Has a Name

Roy Haynes from his “Out of the Afternoon” album.

SKF NOTE: Happy Birthday to drum pioneer Roy Haynes. I am thankful to have listened to Roy in concert twice, and to have interviewed him.

I can’t explain why, but what I remember most of my interview with him, was Roy telling me, “Not everything I play has a name.” His point was, his drumming is made up of sounds, creativity, and not just variations on drum rudiments, Stick Control, or anything else.

Brilliance.

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