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Rashied Ali

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: July 1, 1935 | Died: August 12, 2009    

Rashied Ali is a progenitor and leading exponent of multidirectional rhythms/polytonal percussion. A student of Philly Joe Jones and an admirer of Art Blakey, Ali developed the style known as “free jazz” drumming, which liberates the percussionist from the role of human metronome. The drummer interfaces both rhythmically and melodically with the music, utilizing meter and sound in a unique fashion. This allows the percussionist to participate in the music in a harmonic sense, coloring both the rhythm and tonality with his personal perception. By adding his voice to the ensemble, the percussionist becomes an equal in the melodics of collective musical creation rather than a “pot banger” who keeps the others all playing at the same speed. Considered radical in the 1960s and scorned by the mediocre, multidirectional rhythms, polytonal drumming is now the landmark of the jazz percussionist....
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    Judgment Day, Volume 1

    Survival Records
    2007
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    Judgment Day, Vol. Two

    Survival Records
    2007
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    Judgment Day, Vol. One

    Survival Records
    2007
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    The Dynamic Duo Remember Trane and Bird

    Ayler Records
    2004
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    No One in Particular

    Survival Records
    2002
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    Deals, Ideas & Ideals

    Survival Records
    2001
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    Live At Tonic

    Survival Records
    2001
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Judgment Day, Volume 1

Survival Records (2007)
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