Roy Haynes – Musical, Inventive

SKF NOTE: This grainy ad photo of Gary Burton’s innovative jazz/rock fusion band includes the forever evolving drum great Roy Haynes on a beautiful four-piece Ludwig drum set. This version of the Gary Burton Quartet recorded the groundbreaking album, Duster.

Listening to Roy Haynes in any kind of musical setting, as sideman or bandleader, you always know it’s him. To paraphrase another great drummer, Max Roach, you can always hear Roy’s one original idea in everything he plays. Haynes always swings, he takes chances, and he’s always musical.

“Not everything I play has a name,” he once told me about his drumming.

Here’s a look at the Burton Quartet in concert, and also, a link to the Duster album.

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