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Roy Haynes Quartet

Roy Haynes Quartet Roy Haynes Quartet Morrice Blackwell
The house was full for the second set on opening night for the Roy Haynes Quartet at the Village Vanguard. Joining Roy were John Sullivan on bass, Martin Bejerano on piano, and Marcus Strickland on tenor and soprano saxophones. It’s easy to see why Roy has kept this lineup for the past few years. The band functions as a tight unit and the level of musical communication between each member is amazing.

The band played a set comprised mostly of Thelonious Monk pieces that kept the audience captivated and energized. It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost fifty years since Roy’s recordings with Monk as you listen to the powerful rhythms filling the room tonight. At eighty years old, Roy plays with as much energy as most drummers do in their twenties. He just doesn’t let up.

Marcus Strickland has a great ability to float between a more straight ahead style and one that is screaming and more "free." Along with Sullivan and Bejerano, he is definitely one to keep an eye on in the jazz world. One of the highlights of the show was an extended drum and piano intro with Roy using mallets to hold down an underlying structure for Bejerano’s blazing improvisations.

All I can say is that Roy Haynes is a national treasure. He combines humor, intensity, and precision in his playing and continues to lead ensembles with gifted younger musicians as he delivers his message of improvisation and rhythm.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Roy Haynes Quartet
  • Concert Date: 3/15/2005
  • Subtitle: Still Tearing It Up at Eighty
  • Venue: Village Vanguard
  • City State Country: New York, New York, USA
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