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Louis Hayes

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: May 31, 1937    

For more than forty years, drummer Louis Hayes has been a catalyst for energetic, unrelenting swing in his self led bands, as well as in those whose respective leaders reads like an encyclopedia of straight ahead post-bop modern jazz. Hayes himself an authentic architect of post-bop swing, began his professional activities at the tender age of 18. He started with tenor saxophonist, flautist and oboist Yusef Lateef who like Hayes is a Detroit native (other jazz luminaries hailing from the “motor city” include the Jones brothers, Elvin, Hank and Thad, guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan and many others). After the stint with Lateef, Hayes went on to rhythmically propel groups led by pianist Horace Silver, legendary saxophonist Cannonball Adderley and pianist Oscar Peterson. These positions were augmented by countless recordings on the Blue Note, Prestige, Riverside and other labels with the likes of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, J.J. Johnson, Jackie McLean, Wes Montgomery, Cedar Walton, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, George Benson, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner and the list goes on....
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    Return of the Jazz Communicators

    Smoke Sessions
    2014
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    The Time Keeper

    Allegro Music
    2009
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    Maximum Firepower

    Savant Records
    2007
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    Quintessential Lou

    TCB Music
    2000
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    The Super Quartet

    Label Bleu
    1994
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    Ichi-Ban

    Label Bleu
    1989
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    The Real Thing

    Label Bleu
    1978
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