Thursday, August 13, 2009

When the music changes, so does the dance.

1935 - 2009

Another great passing. I actually got to see Rashied Ali play. A few years back Ali played 3 sets at The Blue Monk here in Portland and I managed to sneak myself and three friends into the sold out packed to the rafter club for the last set.

I ran into the bar and down the stairs to the humid low ceiling room and heard the crisp snap of a drum as the simple quartet raced into a number. I dashed upstairs and handed over a sum of money that was equal to 2 full price entries and convinced the doorman to allow my friends to venture down for the last set. He nodded us in while my neck hairs still bristled.

Amazing set, memory for life.

Thank you Rashied

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