Pete La Roca
Pete La Roca (born Peter Sims; April 7, 1938 – November 20, 2012) was an American jazz drummer. Born in New York City, he adopted the name La Roca early in his musical career when he played timbales in Latin bands.
Between 1957 and 1968 he played with Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Slide Hampton, the John Coltrane Quartet, Marian McPartland, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Charles Lloyd, Paul Bley, and Steve Kühn, among others, as well as leading his own group and working as the house drummer at the Jazz Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts. During this period, he twice recorded as leader, firstly on Basra (Blue Note, 1965) and also on Turkish Women at the Bath (Douglas, 1967), also issued as Bliss under pianist Chick Corea's name on Muse.
In 1968 he left music to become a lawyer, successfully suing when his second album as leader was released under Corea's name without his consent.
He returned to jazz in 1979, and recorded one new album as a leader, Swingtime (Blue Note, 1997).
- Basra (Blue Note, 1965)
- Turkish Women at the Bath (Douglas, 1967; also released as Bliss! under Chick Corea's name in 1968)
- Swingtime (Blue Note, 1997)
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With Jaki Byard
- Hi-Fly (New Jazz, 1962)
With Sonny Clark
- Sonny Clark Quintets (Blue Note, 1965)
With Johnny Coles
- Little Johnny C (Blue Note, 1963)
With Art Farmer
With Don Friedman
- Circle Waltz (Riverside, 1962)
With Joe Henderson
With Freddie Hubbard
With Booker Little
- Booker Little and Friend (Bethlehem, 1961)
With Charles Lloyd
- Of Course, Of Course (Columbia, 1965)
With Jackie McLean
With Sonny Rollins
- A Night at the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1957)
With George Russell
- The Outer View (Riverside, 1962)
- Jeff Tamarkin "Drummer & Composer Pete La Roca Dies at 74", Jazz Times, November 20, 2012