"Standing on the shoulder of giants" is the way Roy Brooks refers to his relation to such percussive progenitors as Kenny Clarke, Papa Joe and Philly Joe Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach and Lionel Hampton. From his lofty perch, Brooks seems able to turn just about anything into music, from delicate shimmerings to thundering roars. These recordings are sound tracks from videos shot during live Brooks performances, a solo gig and a duet with Emmanuel Riggins on piano. Brooks' commercially available recordings inlcude "Duet in Detroit" (Enja), and he can be heard on the "M'Boom" by Max Roach (Columbia) and "Supreme" by Coleman Hawkins (Enja).
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