This Modern Drummer interview was conducted in 2003 by Rakalam Bob Moses.

Rashied Ali, born Robert Patterson, passed away on August 12, 2009. He was a legendary American free jazz drummer who worked with the greatest jazz musicians of his time, including John Coltrane from 1965 on.

He was a hero to Rakalam Bob Moses, which is highlighted in this interview.

Rashied, you will be missed.