Death of Rashied Ali

July 1, 1935 - August 12, 2009
New York, New York | Age 74

Leader of The Rashied Ali Quintet and founder of Survival Records
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NEW YORK

Rashied Ali, a free-jazz drummer who backed John Coltrane and accompanied him in a duet album in the final months of the jazz master's life, has died. He was 76.

The Philadelphia native died at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital of a blood clot in his lung on Wednesday, said his wife, Patricia Ali.

When Coltrane decided to use two drummers at a performance at the Village Gate in November 1965, he chose Ali to back up drummer Elvin Jones. He recorded with both men...

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