Reviews that mention Roy Haynes

September 18, 2017

Various Artists

Inner Peace: The Supreme Sound of Producer Bob Shad
WeWantSounds WWSCD 007 CD

Although presented as a hearty helping of Jazz that celebrates the spiritual and rapturous side of contemporary improvisation, this CD also solves another important conundrum. What happened to accomplished Bop and Hard Bop players in the 1970s that had neither the inclination nor the interest to cast their lot in with the rigorous avant-garde or showy fusion movements of the time?

Initially hooked into the network of Jazz clubs and big-band-oriented studio work Rock’s hegemony in those fields turned these seasoned players into the equivalent of seafarers who couldn’t find berths in which to sail. To resolve the problem, these veterans adapted the electric pianos, electric basses and guitars of Rock and R&B groups to create the funky grooves preserved on the 11 cuts here. While this transitional style would soon harden into Disco and/or Smooth Jazz as simple melodies, relentless beats and overblown arrangement began to dominate the scene, in retrospect these players got their revenge when parts of the music subsequently became so-called deep cuts sampled by Hip-Hoppers. Like reading the novel on which a popular film is based, the musical details of these tracks deserve to be heard as much more than mere source material. MORE

December 10, 2011

Steve Lacy

School Days
Emanem 5016

By Ken Waxman

Nearly 50 years later it seems unbelievable, but this all-star quartet broke up after a couple of years of almost no work because few wanted to support a band that exclusively played what was then thought of as far-out music by pianist/composer Thelonious Monk. Yet, on the basis of the material recorded here in 1963, with Henry Grimes stentorian walking bass timbres and Dennis Charles’ free-flowing drum beats on side, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy and trombonist Roswell Rudd were already so familiar with the Monk cannon that they were able to create their own swinging variations on such now-familiar Monk fare as Monk’s Dream and Brilliant Corners. MORE