Rashied Ali, the great free jazz drummer, who is mainly known as a member of John Coltrane's last band, passed away yesterday, August 12, 2009 in New York City.
In addition to Coltrane, Ali had worked with numerous musicians; Paul Bley, Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, John Zorn and several generations of younger musicians.
Rashied Ali, who was also an avant-garde music activist in the 70s, owned a New York downtown jazz club, Ali's Alley, which is described in his last interview, made for BlueMusicGroup.com just one week before his passing. This interview will be available soon.
BlueMusicGroup.com has released three recordings by Rashied Ali in the memory and honor of Ali's music.