Kenny Clarke

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Born Kenneth Clarke Spearman in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, later known as Liaqat Ali Salaam, Kenny Clarke was a major bop drummer.
He was a founding member of The Modern Jazz Quartet, and one of the Savoy strongholds.

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Kenny Clarke (January 2, 1914 – January 26, 1985), born Kenneth Spearman Clarke, nicknamed "Klook" and later known as Liaqat Ali Salaam, was a jazz drummer and bandleader. He was a major innovator of the bebop style of drumming. As the house drummer at Minton's Playhouse in the early 1940s, he participated in the after hours jams that led to the birth of Be-Bop, which in turn led to modern jazz. While in New York, he played with the major innovators of the emerging bop style, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Curly Russell and others, as well as musicians of the prior generation, including Sidney Bechet. He spent his later life in Paris.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Jazz-Young Blood Chuz Alfred, Ola Hanson, Chuck Lee with Vinnie Burke & Kenny Clarke 1
1961 The Golden Eight Kenny Clarke with Francy Boland and Company 2
1989 Jazz Pictures at an Exibition Pim Jacobs & Rita Reys feat. Kenny Clarke 1
2000 Jazz in Paris: Rhoda Scott + Kenny Clarke Rhoda Scott & Kenny Clarke 1
2002 Americans Swinging In Paris Kenny Clarke 1
The Jazz Trio of Hank Jones Hank Jones, Wendell Marshall & Kenny Clarke 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 The Chronological Classics: Kenny Clarke 1946-1948 Kenny Clarke 1
2001 The Chronological Classics: Kenny Clarke 1948-1950 Kenny Clarke 1
Sidney Bechet Martial Solal Quartet Sidney Bechet & Martial Solal feat. Kenny Clarke 1

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