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Ed Blackwell (October 10, 1929 – October 7, 1992) was an American free jazz drummer born in New Orleans, Louisiana. While album credits typically listed him as "Ed Blackwell," he preferred to be called Edward. Most of his close associates, including his wife, simply called him "Blackwell" most of the time.

Blackwell's early career began in New Orleans in the 1950s. He played in a bebop quintet that included pianist Ellis Marsalis…

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  • One of the best drummers in existence and a true innovator, he had one of the most complex styles I've ever heard... frantic, poly-rythmic, yet actually hardboppin' and cohessive when needed. The word "underrated" doesn't even come close...
  • Billy Higgins speaking about his friend Ed Blackwell: "He wasn't a drummer by choice, he was a drummer by design."
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  • he's just great. Listen to Don Cherry's Mu and you'll see

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