Rashid Bakr (musician)

Rashid Bakr (born Charles Downs on October 3, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American free jazz drummer.[1]

Rashid Bakr
Jemeel Moondoc (left) with Rashid Bakr at Studio Rivbea! July 1976
Jemeel Moondoc (left) with Rashid Bakr at Studio Rivbea! July 1976
Background information
Birth nameCharles Downs
BornOctober 3, 1943 (1943-10-03) (age 77)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresFree jazz
Associated actsOther Dimensions In Music

During the 1970s, he was active in the New York City loft jazz scene, performing at venues such as Rashied Ali's "Ali's Alley" and Sam Rivers' "Studio Rivbea". He was a member of Ensemble Muntu with Jemeel Moondoc, among others.[2]

In 1976, Bakr performed in a production of Adrienne Kennedy's A Rat's Mass directed by Cecil Taylor at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village of Manhattan. Musicians Jimmy Lyons, Andy Bey, Karen Borca, David S. Ware, and Raphe Malik also performed in the production. Taylor's production combined the original script with a chorus of orchestrated voices used as instruments.[3] Bakr continued to perform with Taylor into the 1980s, appearing on his albums The Eighth and Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants).[4]

Bakr is a member of Other Dimensions in Music with Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, and William Parker.[5]


  1. ^ "Rashid Bakr". Discogs. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Sharpe, John (March 18, 2010). "Jemeel Moondoc: Muntu Recordings". All About Jazz. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ La MaMa Archives Digital Collections. "Production: Rat's Mass, A (1976)". Accessed August 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Winged Serpent (Sliding Quadrants): Review". Allmusic. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  5. ^ Kelsey, Chris. "Other Dimensions in Music: Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2010.

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