[JPL] Roy Brooks Obituary in Detroit Free Press

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Here's the text and a link to Mark Stryker's "Breaking News" obituary  
for Roy Brooks in Detroit Free Press:


Legendary Detroit jazz drummer Roy Brooks dies


November 16, 2005

Roy Brooks, one of the greatest jazz musicians to emerge from Detroit  
and in his heyday in the 1960s a ubiquitous presence in clubs and on  
record with many of the biggest names in jazz, died Tuesday at  
Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was 67 and suffered from heart, lung,  
arthritis and circulation troubles, said his wife Hermine Brooks.

Brooks’ clarified swing, gutsy attack, fiery momentum and distinctive  
rhythmic snap made him one of the keynote hard bop drummers of his  
generation. He made his name with pianist Horace Silver’s Quintet  
from 1959-64 and later worked or recorded with Sonny Stitt, Yusef  
Lateef, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, James Moody and countless others.

After returning to Detroit in the ’70s, Brooks became a godfather on  
the local scene, working with groups such as his Aboriginal  
Percussion Choir, playing the blues on the musical saw and mentoring  
future stars like pianist Geri Allen.

Copyright © 2005 Detroit Free Press Inc.


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