After playing drums locally in the early 40s, in 1945 Roy Haynes joined Luis Russell and was then with Lester Young. Also through the late 40s, Haynes played with many noted bop stars of the day, including Miles Davis, Charlie Parker and Bud Powell. Through the 50s, Haynes was with Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Lee Konitz, Thelonious Monk and co-led a trio with Paul Chambers and Phineas Newborn, We Three (1958). In the early 60s Haynes was with John Coltrane, Getz again and Gary Burton. At the end of the 60s, he formed Hip Ensemble, a jazz rock group, Hip Ensemble (1971). As the company he kept indicates, Haynes was a much sought-after drummer, providing rock-steady support to individuals and bands. In the 70s, Haynes remained very active, appearing at clubs and festivals and on numerous record dates with artists including Hank Jones, Art Pepper and Dizzy Gillespie and at the start of the 80s he was with Chick Corea in Trio Music. Through the 90s and 00s, Haynes remained active, playing with many noted musicians and continuing to record, Praise (1998). Consistently throughout his career, Haynes has impressed with his driving enthusiasm, unblemished taste and lively swing. Although clearly most comfortable in small groups, particularly a quartet, Haynes plays well with big bands. A subtle and thinking drummer, Haynes has perfected the art of the intelligent solo.
Followers: Bob Moses, Anatholi Bulkin
Influenced By: Kenny Clarke...