Lex Humphries

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Lex Humphries
Born (1936-08-22)August 22, 1936
Origin New York City, US
Died July 11, 1994(1994-07-11) (aged 57)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Associated acts John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Yusef Lateef

Lex Humphries (August 22, 1936 – July 11, 1994) was a jazz drummer. He worked with two musicians known for mixing world music with jazz: Sun Ra and Yusef Lateef. As a member of Sun Ra's "Arkestra" he appeared in the film Space Is the Place.[1]

Humphries played on the Giant Steps sessions with John Coltrane. The renditions he and Cedar Walton recorded with Coltrane were released as alternative tracks in 1974. He was also the first drummer in the Jazztet, appearing on their first album, Meet the Jazztet, in 1960.


As sideman[edit]

With Donald Byrd

With John Coltrane

With Art Farmer and Benny Golson

With Dizzy Gillespie

With John Handy

With Yusef Lateef

With Junior Mance

With Wes Montgomery

  • So Much Guitar (1961)

With Duke Pearson

With Sonny Red

With Sonny Stitt

With Sun Ra

With McCoy Tyner

With Doug Watkins

With Freddie Hubbard

With Oliver Nelson and Leon Thomas

  • Leon Thomas with Oliver Nelson - In Berlin (Flying Dutchman, 1971)