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Rashied Ali Dies at 74

Rashied Ali

Free-jazz fans who attended the Newport fest on Sunday would’ve noted a last-minute replacement in By Any Means, the out-jazz supergroup consisting of saxophonist Charles Gayle, bassist William Parker and drummer Rashied Ali. When the gig rolled around it was announced that Ali had suffered a heart attack and would be replaced by his brother Muhammad, a historic avant-garde drummer in his own right.

Rashied Ali died last night of a blocked artery at Bellevue Hospital in New York, N.Y. He was 74.

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