Rashied Ali, 1935-2009


Oh just another fantastic day here in Musicland. Rashied Ali — Philly-borne free-jazz drummer, John Coltrane co-conspirator when John started to get really out there, former NYC venue proprietor (Ali’s Alley), and all-around badass — died yesterday after a heart attack. He and Les Paul would’ve been something together, it’s true. So after you’ve pulled out your Les Paul Studio and whacked it for awhile, put on Coltrane’s Interstellar Space and really concentrate this time. “Don’t leave stupid posts like ‘this is not music’ or whatever,” notes the dude responsible for this YouTube clip. Indeed.