Roy Brooks: Drumist 1938-2005

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Not a drummer, but a drumist Growing up in a Detroit with pianos in every house, Roy Brooks found the beginnings of his self-described purpose: to create a musical truth. Though Brooks received guidance from several of his more well-known contemporaries — Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane among them — he chose to forge his […]

Thomas “Beans” Bowles

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Bowles: I put the lead and line onto “Fingertips.” I played the flute in there and I played the line and then they made the words — they added words to my line, but nobody knows that but me and the gateposts and the other writers. [laughs] Heron: So you were actually on the performance? […]