Artwork by Jason Das

Free-jazz drummer Rashied Ali died on Wednesday (August 12, 2009) at Bellevue Hospital in New York of a blood clot in his lung. He was 76. The musician played alongside John Coltrane in the saxaphonist’s group in the 1960’s. Ali was featured on the “Meditations” and “Interstellar Space” albums in the 60’s.

Below is an international clip, but Ali is speaking over subtitles:

Ali Rashied and his Quintet