Badal Roy, Who Mixed Indian Rhythms with Jazz, Dies at 82

In an interview with an Indian newspaper, walkie talkie, Mr. Roy recalls: “Suddenly, Miles said to me: ‘You start going’ – no music, nothing, that’s all. Realizing that I had to set the groove, I started playing a ta-ka-na-ta-n-ka-tin rhythm. Herbie nodded to the beat and with ‘Yeah!,’ started playing. For a while, it was just the two of us, and then John and Jack joined. Then all the others started and, to me at least, it was pure chaos. I was completely overwhelmed by the sound. I kept playing, but for the next half hour, I couldn’t hear a beat of what I was playing.”

Those lessons give Davis’s “On the Corner.” Mr. Roy joined Davis in other meetings in 1972, contributed material to Davis’ “Big Fun” and “Get Up With It”, both released in 1974, and performed with him at the Philharmonic Hall (now David Geffen Hall) at Lincoln Center for what became Davis’ 1973 Album “In Concert.”

Mr. Roy received a copy of “On the Corner” when it was released in 1972. But after being disappointed with the sessions, he didn’t hear it until the 1990s, when his son , when it was a graduate student, tell him“All the hip-hop guys are sampling it.”

In 1974, Mr. Roy married Geeta Vashi. She is survived by him, along with their son and his sisters Roy, Kalpana Chakraborty and Shibani Ray Chaudhury, and his brother, Samarendra Roy Chowdhury. He lives in Wilmington.

Mr. Roy supports saxophonist Pharoah Sanders on albums “Wisdom through music” (1972), “Village of the Pharoahs” (1973) and “Love in Us All” (1974), and in later years performed with Mr. Sanders on stage. Along with saxophonist Dave Liebman, who was on Davis’ team, Mr. Roy appeared on “Lookout Farm” (1974), “Drum Ode” (1975) and “Sweet Hands” (1975). (“Sweet hand” is a translation of a Bengali term praising a skilled tabla player.)

He released two albums as a lead in the mid-1970s, both featuring Mr. Liebman: “Ashirbad” (1975) and “Ashirbad” (1975). “Passing Dreams” (1976), also included Indian classical musician Sultan Khan on the sarangi, a bowstring instrument. Badal Roy, Who Mixed Indian Rhythms with Jazz, Dies at 82

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