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Drummer Roy Brooks Dies

Detroit-based jazz musician Roy Brooks, a skilled drummer who performed with many of jazz’s most important names during the 1960s, died Wednesday at Detroit Receiving Hospital at age 67. While Brooks was a widely respected and talented musician, playing with everyone from Horace Silver to Yusef Lateef to Charles Mingus, he never achieved the widespread fame of many of his contemporaries because much of his adult life was spent battling bipolar disease.

Born Sept. 3, 1938 in Detroit, Brooks got his first gig with Silver after a Louis Hayes, a fellow drummer and friend of Brooks’, left Silver’s group and recommended the 21-year-old Brooks as a replacement. From his urban Detroit upbringing, Brooks had a style that blended bebop and R&B, making him a natural fit for Silver’s hard-bop quintet.

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