Roy Owen Haynes (born March 13, 1925 in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts) is an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Haynes is among the most recorded drummers in jazz, and in a career lasting more than 60 years has played in a wide range of styles ranging from swing and bebop to jazz fusion and avant-garde jazz. He has a highly expressive, personal style ("Snap Crackle" was a nickname given him in the 1950s) and is known to foster a deep engagement in his bandmates. He has also led his own groups, some performing under the name Hip Ensemble. His most recent recordings as a leader are Fountain of Youth and Whereas, both of which have been nominated for a Grammy Award. He continues to perform worldwide.
Whatever is going on at any specific point in the enclosed tracks, you can be sure that it is Haynes' contribution that defines the moment. It's also worth pointing out. however, how extremely fortunate he was in the quality of the Jazz participants chosen to appear with him. Thomas Clausen is probably the leading pianist on the Danish jazz scene; NHØP is celebrated as one of the top bassists in the world and finally Swedish born tenor player Tomas Franck who indeed helps the album to get off to a flying start