Drummer Rashied Ali was a progenitor and leading exponent of the multidirectional rhythms/polytonal percussion known as "free jazz" drumming. He is arguably best known for being saxophonist John Coltrane's duet partner on the blistering Interstellar Space album. Recorded in 1967, it wasn't released until 1974. Ali was able to match the physical demands in the music while empathizing with its spiritual concerns. He debuted with Coltrane's group formally on Meditations, which also featured Pharoah Sanders in its lineup. After McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones left the band in 1966, Ali became the lone drummer alongside the saxophonist, pianist Alice Coltrane, and bassist Jimmy Garrison. Ali created the Survival Records label with Frank Lowe to issue his own recordings after he left Alice's group in 1971. He released Duo Exchange in the company ...
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