Member of the long-running Revolutionary Ensemble who also played with Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lester Bowie and more
Chicago percussionist Jerome Cooper died of cancer on 6 May. Cooper was known for his multidimensional drumming – a highly inventive self-devised approach in which each of the drumkit’s components were considered part of an orchestral whole – and was a member of the long-running Revolutionary Ensemble alongside bassist Sirone (who died in 2009) and violinist Leroy Jenkins (who died in 2005). Cooper also worked with Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Max Roach, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lester Bowie and many more. He was aged 68.