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I always forget how much I dig Roy Haynes. Dude is legit. Listing the Jazz greats that he’s played with is the same thing as listing the top-selling Jazz artists of all time: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Ella Fitzgerald, Pat Metheny… and on and on. Check him out playing with Stan Getz.
The thing that I really appreciate about Haynes is his perpetual relevance. It’s expected that a musician with a career that spans 60+ years will eventually start sounding like a tired caricature of themselves, but Haynes has continuously reinvented his approach and stayed modern with his contribution to the Jazz world. Even now, at age 80, he sounds like he’s on the front lines of the young/ambitious players. And he is always pulling some ill threads.
As the video above explains, he was recently honored at Lincoln Center, performing the opening night of the Fall JLC schedule with his Fountain Of Youth band, in addition to an “all-star” set featuring Haynes, Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Danilo Perez and Dave Holland. Wynton posted some pictures of the evening on his Facebook page yesterday. I mean, check out that jacket…