In addition to being a sideman, some feel that Haynes is one of the most original musicians in jazz history. He has a highly expressive, personal style ("Snap Crackle" was a nickname given him in the 1950s) and is known to foster a deep engagement in his bandmates, listening and supporting and lifting the whole band rhythmically and sonically. He is equally adept at gracefully backing a singer like Sarah Vaughan or in explosive interactions with the likes of John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Eric Dolphy, or Andrew Hill. He was inducted into the Down Beat Magazine Hall of Fame in 2004. Haynes has recorded or performed with John Coltrane, Gary Burton, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Henry Grimes, Christian McBride, Jackie McLean, Pat Metheny, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Horace Tapscott and many others. He has also led his own groups, some performing under the name Hip Ensemble.
His most recent recordings as a leader are The Roy Haynes Trio, Fountain of Youth and Where As (recorded live at the Artists' Quarter). As of 2006, he continues to perform world-wide. His son Graham is a cornetist and his grandson, Marcus Gilmore, is an up-and-coming jazz drummer. Also, his nephew Christopher Haynes is a very well regarded jazz drummer, who enters college this fall Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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