Leonard White III, 19 December 1949, New York City, New York, USA. White took up the drums when he was 14-years-old and by the late 60s was playing in the band of Jackie McLean. He joined the sessions to record Bitches Brew with Miles Davis in 1969 and in the next couple of years played with many other leaders - Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Gato Barbieri, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Stanley Clarke and Gil Evans. He had a spell with the Latin rock band Azteca before joining Chick Coreas Return To Forever (1973-76). His bold, assertive playing was well-suited to the rock-influenced music of the 70s which he thought of as a music where you improvise more, like traditional jazz, but you use different instruments. Present Tense in 1995 was his first solo album for many years and featured an impressive guest list including John Scofield (guitar), Chick Corea (keyboards), Marcus Miller (bass) and Michael Brecker (saxophone). 1997s Renderers Of Spirit featured a cover version of Bacharach And Davids Walk On By as well as the Christopher Cross pop song Sailing. White later recorded with the Buster Williams Trio featuring Geri Allen, and alongside Clarke, guitarist Richie Kotzen, keyboard player Rachel Z and violinist Karen Briggs in Vertú.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.