Wikipedia : This day (September 21, 1936), in Idabel, Oklahoma, is born Sunny Murray, an American free jazz style drummer.
@allmmusic : Although Murray could swing as hard as anyone, he often abandoned the drums’ traditional timekeeping role. Instead of playing a steady beat, he might punctuate and color behind the soloist’s lines, or engage in dialogues with the rest of the ensemble, commenting and conversing with an open-ear sense of give and take.
ESP : He is one of the most important drummers in the development of free jazz. In his work as a member of the groups of Cecil Taylor and then Albert Ayler, he was a pioneer in the abandonment of steady time,
@last.fm : He was among the first to forgo the drummer’s traditional role as timekeeper in favor of purely textural playing. “Murray’s aim was to free the soloist completely from the restrictions of time, and to do this he set up a continual hailstorm of percussion …
Audio : R.I.P. . Suns Of Africa, Part. I . Suns Of Africa, Part. II . Giblet . Red Cross . An Even Break . Lokomotive . 0 . 0 . 0 .
Video : w/Trio (2012) . w/ Arianne Lopez-Huici – Live In Belgium (2012) . Live In London (2010) . w/ Tony Bevan – Live In London (2009) . Marco Eneidi (2006) . w/ Artur Doyle – Live at the Tunnel (2000) (1/2) . w/ Artur Doyle – Live at the Tunnel (2000) (2/2) . Drum Solo . w/ Elvin Jones & Art Blakey (1968) .