Ed Blackwell

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz free jazz avant-garde drums harmolodic avant-garde jazz free-jazz kings of the drums Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Wikipedia


10 October 1929, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 7 October 1992, Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Blackwell began playing drums in his home town, where he took careful notice of the rudiments of jazz-playing as demonstrated by local past-masters of the trade, such as Baby Dodds and Zutty Singleton. Despite these traditional affiliations, Blackwell’s first jobs were with mainstream bands and he also played R&B. Meeting Ornette Coleman changed his musical ideas and he played with Coleman on the west coast in the early 50s. However, he returned to New Orleans, and resumed playing mainstream and R&B music, including a spell with Ray Charles. At the start of the 60s he was back with Coleman, this time in New York. It was here that he also began a long-lasting association with Don Cherry. In the mid-60s he played in bands led by Cherry, Coleman and Randy Weston. He and Weston lived for a while in Morocco, where Blackwell extended his knowledge of percussion,...

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