1. Grand Street - (featuring Fountain of Youth/Roy Hargrove)
2. All the Bars Are Open - (featuring Chick Corea)
3. Equipoise - (featuring Fountain of Youth/Roy Hargrove)
4. Pinky - (featuring Fountain of Youth)
5. Milestones - (featuring Fountain of Youth/Roy Hargrove)
6. Tin Tin Deo - (featuring Fountain of Youth/Roy Hargrove/Roberto Quintero)
7. They Call the Wind Mariah - (featuring Fountain of Youth)
8. These Foolish Things - (featuring Fountain of Youth/Roy Hargrove)
9. Off Minor - (featuring Chick Corea)
10. Passion Dance - (featuring David Wong/Craig Haynes/Marcus Strickland/Robert Rodriguez/Roy Hargrove/Jaleel Shaw)
Performer: Roy Haynes
Artist: Fountain of Youth; Roy Hargrove; Chick Corea; Roberto Quintero; David Wong; Craig Haynes; Marcus Strickland; Robert Rodriguez; Jaleel Shaw
Engineer: Scott Petito...
Producer: Doug Yoel; Roy Haynes...
Distributor: E1 Entertainment
Notes: Personnel: Roy Haynes (drums); Jaleel Shaw (alto saxophone); Martin Bejerano (piano). Audio Mixer: Scott Petito. Liner Note Author: Doug Yoel. Recording information: Skyline Studio, New York, NY (01/16/2011-01/18/2011). Photographer: Carol Friedman. Roy Haynes celebrated his 86th birthday on March 13, 2011. Had the veteran drummer retired from music 30 or 40 years earlier, he still would have gone down in history as someone with a long list of accomplishments. But thankfully, Haynes continued to perform well into his eighties. Recorded in early 2011 (when Haynes was still 85), Roy-Alty is a solid hard bop/post-bop outing that boasts well-known guests like Chick Corea (who is heard on acoustic piano) and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. Corea is featured on two selections: the dusky "All the Bars Are Open" and Thelonious Monk's "Off Minor," while Hargrove is heard on six of the ten tracks (including the insistent "Passion Dance," the standard "These Foolish Things," the Afro-Cuban favorite "Tin Tin Deo," and Miles Davis' "Milestones"). It should be noted that the "Milestones" that Haynes performs on Roy-Alty is the bop standard that Davis played with Charlie "Bird" Parker in 1947, not the modal standard he unveiled in 1958, and playing something with a Bird connection is quite appropriate, given that Haynes was a member of his quintet from 1949-1952 (when the drummer was in his twenties). Most of the songs on Roy-Alty find Haynes employing a group that he bills as the Fountain of Youth (alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Martin Bejerano, and bassist David Wong), and while the personnel can vary from track to track on this 66-minute CD, the constant is Haynes' skillful drumming. After all these years, Haynes hasn't lost his touch as either a drummer or a group leader, and his skills in both of those areas is evident on Roy-Alty, which falls shorts of essential but is nonetheless a pleasing addition to his catalog. ~ Alex Henderson
JazzTimes (p.55) - "ROY-alty isn't so much a showcase for the drummer as the new recording by an exceptional band that just happens to have one of the all-time sticksmen keeping time."
While Roy Haynes's first big break came in 1947, backing legendary saxophonist Lester Young, it was not until 1958's WE THREE that his name graced the front of an LP. That's not to understate the importance of the Boston born drummer's steady beat in the history of jazz; with a career that eclipsed a half-century, the ground-breaking skins man sat in with much of the jazz universe, from Young to Miles Davis to Charlie Parker to Eric Dolphy. Haynes maintained a career into the 21st Century, as comfortable in swing as in the avant-garde, boasting a style and a knack for experimentation equaling that of his collaborators.