Roy Haynes, We Three (1959)
I’ve looked at this album for years – years – always wanted it. Pure and simple Roy Haynes is a mutha! 92 years old and still hitting – still so good, but one of the greatest and most recorded drummers in jazz. A hero. And so much more. And here he is in a trio with Paul Chambers and Phineas Newborn. How could this not be good? How could this fail? It is good! It doesn’t fail! There’s no way. Finally got around to scooping it – and what a killer record; the liners tell me this trio was short-lived, but the aim was (always) to be great. One of the magical things about jazz is that it’s always there waiting for you. It can be 20-30-40-50-60-70 years old, it doesn’t matter. The good stuff, the great stuff waits…and it stands tall. It stands proud. It is still as good as it ever was, and maybe – somehow – just a little bit better even…this is that sort of record then. A mutha! Proud to own it. You must hear it. You really must. Three great players nailing every tune. Fucking beautiful, man!
Sample Track: Reflection
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