Rashid Bakr (musician)

Rashid Bakr (born Charles Downs on October 3, 1943) 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 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresFree jazz

Career edit

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]

Discography edit

As leader or co-leader edit

With the Flow Trio (Louis Belogenis, Joe Morris, Bakr listed as Charles Downs)

  • Rejuvenation (ESP-Disk, 2009)
  • Set Theory: Live At The Stone (Ayler Records, 2011)
  • Winter Garden (ESP-Disk, 2021) with Joe McPhee

As sideman edit

With Billy Bang

  • New York Collage (Anima, 1978)
  • Black Man's Blues (NoBusiness, 2011)

With John Bickerton

  • Open Music (CIMP, 2000)
  • Shadow Boxes (Leo Lab, 2000)

With Arthur Doyle

  • Live At the Alterknit (Qbico, 2008)

With Frode Gjerstad

  • A Sound Sight (Ayler, 2007)

With Sabir Mateen

  • The Sabir Mateen Jubilee Ensemble (Not Two, 2013)

With Joe McPhee

  • Ticonderoga (Clean Feed, 2015)

With Jemeel Moondoc

With Ras Moshe

  • Transcendence (KMB, 2007)

With Other Dimensions in Music

With William Parker

  • Centering. Unreleased Early Recordings 1976–1987 (NoBusiness, 2012)

With Jamie Saft

  • Atlas (Veal, 2020)
  • Mountains (Veal, 2020)

With Glenn Spearman

With Cecil Taylor

References edit

  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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