Source: Bandcamp Daily.
Throughout its history, jazz has evolved as the result of stylistic breakthroughs that changed the way the music was played. And in each of these changes, drummers played an integral role in reframing the way the music was presented. As musicians like Charlie Parker established a new approach to harmony and melody, bop drummers like Kenny Clarke were at the vanguard, pioneering innovations in rhythm. Ornette Coleman led the free jazz and avant-garde movement by abandoning jazz’s conventional, repeating chord changes in favor of a more open-ended approach to harmony and melody. Billy Higgins, who played on many of Coleman’s early, revolutionary recordings, held down the rhythmic aspect of this challenging new form of expression in Black music.