Tuesday, May 16, 2006

With typical elegance, Stanley Crouch praises Roy Haynes. At 81, the great jazz drummer has lost nothing:

The audiences responded with ovations to sets that were sometimes 90 minutes long because Haynes, filled with the steam of empathetic inspiration, seemed intent on swing-swang-swinging until the cows came home. The cheering throughout the week was affirmative proof that pure music, free of tricks and grandstanding, can touch everyone when pulled out of the air with the authority of an unpredictable master.

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