Magazine article The New Yorker

Give the Drummer Some

Magazine article The New Yorker

Give the Drummer Some

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There's no shortage of all-star musicianship on Roy Haynes's latest album, "Love Letters" (Columbia), but no one commands as much attention as Haynes himself: seventy-seven at the time of this recording, he drums with the vigor, brio, and elegance with which he once drove bands belonging to Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, and Stan Getz. On the coda to the heated "Que Pasa," which features the saxophonist Joshua Redman, the pianist Kenny Barron, and the astonishing bassist Christian McBride, Haynes interjects phrases as if he were playing another horn instead of the drums; on the title track, his waterfall rhythm practically dares the fleet guitarist John Scofield and the bassist Dave Holland to keep up with him.

The central role of the drummer Bobby Previte is never in doubt on his new release, "Counterclockwise" (Palmetto); Previte audibly goads the rest of his Bump band, including Steve Swallow, Marty Ehrlich, Curtis Fowlkes, and Wayne Horvitz, and they respond with matching high spirits. …

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