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    R.I.P. Milford Graves

    A pioneering jazz drummer. Completely groundbreaking playing. Very sad day today.
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    R.I.P. and thank you for the music.
    "please do not understand me too quickly"-andre gide

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    Saw him in Guelph several years back; a great trio with Kidd Jordan and D.D. Jackson. Graves perhaps had the second largest drum kit I ever saw (after Neil Peart), but certainly the largest I was ever to see up close from the third row.

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    RIP, I know the name but I don't think I have any of his music. Maybe a few sideman things?

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    Ingot to see him do a solo gig at a improvised music festival a few years ago. Interesting dude.

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    RIP

    One of the more interesting characters from around that time and one whose drumming is always a tour de force.

    As a drummer (and a lover of drum music) I always like this quote:

    "I couldn't understand how a guy would sit and play a basic beat all the time. In African drumming, the drum is in the forefront. Timekeeping for the drummer? I said no way. You just can’t stay in the background; that’s not the nature of the instrument. Most drummers are so reduced." He certainly played that way.
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    Never saw him and greatly regret that.

    Rest In Peace to the original drummer for the New York Art Quartet and so much more
    Steve F.

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    https://icaphila.org/exhibitions/mil...ind-body-deal/

    Apparently he had this exhibition at the Institute Of Contemporary Art In Philadelphia. Sadly I only found out about it after his death. I'm glad he got to complete it though. It sounds like it would have been something to experience.
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