Roy Haynes Quartet: Roy Haynes (drums); Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, manzello, stritch, flute); Tommy Flanagan (piano); Henry Grimes (acoustic bass).
Producer: Bob Thiele.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on May 16 & 23, 1962. Includes liner notes by Stanley Dance and Michael Cuscuna.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (MCA Music Media Studios).
Roy Haynes' drumming is unmistakable. His snappy snare drum sound and overall rhythmic sensibility cast him in a different light to technicians such as Buddy Rich or even the melodic Joe Morello. While Haynes' musicianship has sent shock waves through the entire field of percussion, he has never achieved recognition as a great bandleader. OUT OF THE AFTERNOON, however, proves Haynes' distinction in this regard.
This 1962 album displays Haynes' ability to grow and adapt to changes in jazz as a performer and as a leader, an ability that many of his contemporaries lacked. A thoroughly post-bop album, OUT OF THE AFTERNOON showcases the drummer's soloing abilities best on "Raoul," a track that traverses some inscrutable jazz territory, at once playful and controlled, raw and contemplative. It's this approach that makes OUT OF THE AFTERNOON prominent among the vast canon of post-bop albums.