Pete Sims was playing drums with some important figures in the jazz world. When he was playing, however, he used a stage name from his latin bands days – Pete La Roca.
Under this name he was playing with Sonny Rollins (in the late 50’s, including Rollins’ A Night In Village Vanguard, his brilliant live album) and John Coltrane in 1960, before he was replaced by Elvin Jones.
But aside from being a band member, he was also a leader in two superb albums – Basra and Bliss.
Basra is a true Blue Note classic, featuring Joe Henderson as leader, Steve Swallaw on bass and Steve Kuhn on piano. A superb hard bop 1965 album, with touches of Spanish influences, mainly in the title track, some late-night vibes, and a great drive. For non jazz fans, this is a real gem. For jazz fans it’s a must.
Oh yea, and in 1968 he quit the music biz to become a lawyer.
[Audio] Pete La Roca – Malaguena