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Roy Haynes Quartet – Out of the Afternoon


The present recording, which his Quartet made together with the blind multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk in Rudy Van Gelder’s studio in 1962, is certainly one of his very best. The seven numbers not only offer astounding moments of “drum talk”, and of syncopation carried out with absolute precision, they also offer the main soloist Roland Kirk the opportunity to display his amazing technique of simultaneous performance on some unusual instruments, in Moon Ray for example, or his use of various types of flute in Snap Crackle, and his wealth of ideas in the ballads (If I Should Lose You).


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Roy Haynes – despite his 80 years still an active drummer and bandleader – can look back upon an extraordinary career. Almost more than any other drummer, he defined the rhythm of modern playing “behind the drums”. A role in the background gave him no satisfaction, so it is no wonder that he has more than 30 LPs to his name.

Perfect recording technique, brilliant arrangements of standard numbers, highly original evergreens, all played by true giants of their respective instruments – what better reasons are there to buy this fantastic LP with its lavish gatefold sleeve?
AllMusic Review by Steven McDonald

Out of the Afternoon is a splendid sounding 1962 set from the Roy Haynes Quartet — which, at the time, consisted of Haynes, Henry Grimes on bass, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Roland Kirk on saxes, manzello, stritch, and flutes. The album is a delightful mix of techniques in arrangement and performance, with all of the musicians delivering terrific work. Haynes’ drumming is absolutely wonderful here, lightly dancing around the other instruments; Flanagan’s piano playing is equally light and delicate; Grimes’ bass work is outstanding (during “Raoul” you have a chance to hear one of the few bowed bass solos on records of that era); and there’s no more to be said about Kirk’s sax and flute work that hasn’t been said a hundred times, apart from the fact that the flute solos on “Snap Crackle” help this cut emerge as particularly outstanding.


1. Moon Ray
2. Fly Me To the Moon
3. Raoul
4. Snap Crackle
5. If I should Lose You
6. Long Wharf
7. Some Other Spring


Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm