Frankie Dunlop: Jazz Legend Passes At 85

Frankie Dunlop Passes Away At Age 85

Frankie Dunlop

Legendary drummer Frankie Dunlop, who cut some of the greatest recordings with Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus, passed away this week at the age of 85 after battling a prolonged illness of many years.

Dunlop was renowned for his work during more than half a century on the jazz bandstand working with artists including Mingus and Monk, as well as Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, and Lionel Hampton, and many other great artists from jazz’s bop era. He is survived by his sister Helen and his brother, jazz pianist Boyd Lee Dunlop. Frankie was a great drummer, known for his loopy shuffle, once described as "falling down the stairs." He was well regarded by his peers--the first time Gene Krupa heard Frankie he called the Slingerland company and demanded they give Frankie a kit.

Here's a Frankie Dunlop-inspired playlist, tunes he either recorded or was well known for live.

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