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Rashied Ali

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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Discography

Judgment Day, Vol. Two

Judgment Day, Vol. Two

Survival Records
2007

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Judgment Day, Vol. One

Judgment Day, Vol. One

Survival Records
2007

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Judgment Day, Volume 1

Judgment Day, Volume 1

Survival Records
2007

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The Dynamic Duo Remember Trane and Bird

The Dynamic Duo...

Ayler Records
2004

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No One in Particular

No One in Particular

Survival Records
2002

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Live At Tonic

Survival Records
2001

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