Born: January 9, 1914 | Died: January 26, 1985
Kenny Clarke (born Kenneth Clarke Spearman, later aka, Liaqat Ali Salaam, on January 9, 1914 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-died January 26, 1985 in Paris, France) was a jazz drummer and an early innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton's Playhouse in the early 1940's, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn lead to modern jazz. He is credited with creating the modern role of the ride cymbal as the primary timekeeper. Before, drummers kept time on the high-hat and snare drum (digging coal, Clarke called it) with heavy support from the bass drum. With Clarke time was played on the cymbal and the bass and snare were used more for punctuation. This led to a much more relaxed style of drumming. From this point more and more rhythms and poly-rhythms are made possible. For this, every drummer Ed Thigpen said, owes him a debt of gratitude. Clarke was nicknamed Klook or Klook-mop for the style he innovated....
Swing Im BahnhofSchema Records
Kenny Clarke: Klook's The ManProper Records
The Quintessence . Stockholm - New York Paris 1938 - 1949Blue Note
Bohemia After DarkBlue Note
Live In Paris 1980/81Blue Note
Los Grandes Del Jazz - 37Blue Note
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