ROY HAYNES: BREAKY BREAK



Roy Haynes: Guadelupe
From Jazz A Confronto 29 (Horo, 1975)

This is one of those albums I would only have only learned about at the GM – an Italian jazz series that invited different artists to record single albums. This one was by drummer Roy Haynes and it showcases the legend gettin’ nasty on the jazz funk tip.

The only thing is: at the time I first heard it, I was really into this sound but these days, most “funky jazz” leaves me as inspired as a yawn. The real saving grace here is the fact that Haynes cuts loose on a drum solo with some deft combinations of rolls, fills and of course, breaks…and does this for two minutes. You can’t be mad at that.

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