Jazz Musician. Hailed as "one of the most underrated musicians of the bop era."
During a career that began in the 1950's he was a charter member of Horace Silver and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1954, and he replaced John Coltrane in the Miles Davis Quintet in 1961. He also played as a sideman with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Art Farmer, and many more.
One of the most prolific recording artists of the late '50s and early '60s, he appeared on more than 60 albums by such leaders as Silver, Blakey, Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Durham, Milt Jackson and Johnny Griffin, in addition to over two dozen albums he made under his own name for Blue Note, Savoy and Prestige.
Admired for his agile phrasing and his tone, which was song-like in its buoyancy and curiously pliant for a player so closely identified with the roundhouse style of jazz known as "hard" bop.
He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from pneumonia in 1986 at the age of 55 years.
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