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Roy Brooks

Born: 
03/09/1938
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Died: 
11/15/2005
Years Active: 
1950's-2000's
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Brooks was born in Detroit and drummed since childhood. He was an outstanding varsity basketball player as a teenager and was offered a scholarship to the Detroit Institute of Technology; he attended the school for three semesters and then dropped out to tour with Yusef Lateef. In 1970 he joined Max Roach's ensemble M'Boom, and in 1972 put together the ensemble The Artistic Truth. Brooks's performances often included unusual instruments such as the musical saw and drums with vacuum tubes set up so as to regulate the pitch.