AL ASHLEY

AL ASHLEY

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: March 25, 1946
Location: Welch, Virginia
Band: Terry Gibbs, Milt Jackson, Al Cohn, Jimmy Forrest, Ira Sullivan, Milt Jackson, Miroslav Vitous, Randy Brecker, and Michael Brecker
Genres: Hard Bop, Post-Bop
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician
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Biography

 
 
Alvin Lee Ashley's drumming is dependably swinging and hard-hitting, and he has been playing hard bop and post-bop since the 1970s. Al moved to New York City in 1985, where musical opportunities abounded. Al Ashley has played with Terry Gibbs, Milt Jackson, Al Cohn, Jimmy Forrest, Ira Sullivan, Milt Jackson, Miroslav Vitous, Randy Brecker, and Michael Brecker. Although predominantly working with instrumentalist, Al Ashley has played with well-known vocalists, including Chris Connor, Mose Allison, and Carol Sloane.

After nearly fifty years accompanying other artists, Al Ashley recorded his first album as a bandleader in 2002 with Rick Stone (guitar), Oliver Von Essen (organ), and David Liebman (saxophone). On the straight-ahead jazz album, Al Ashley skillfully accompanied the other musicians and laid a solid foundation. On the album, Al Ashley's skill was intuitive and his rhythm was firm yet flexible. Al Ashley also composed several songs on the album, including an idiosyncratic samba.

All About Jazz said of the album, "These Are Them is a long overdue debut from Ashley, proof positive that there is a host of world-class players out there operating underneath the radar who deserve broader exposure."
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
2001 Dear Tom Harrell Marc Bernstein
2003 These Are Them Al Ashley
 

Noise

 
 
  • Al’s influences include Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Art Taylor (as in Taylor's Wailers), Billy Higgins, and Art Blakey.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums


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