Lenny White (born 1949) is a great American jazz-rockdrummer, who is most famous for participating as one of the multiple drummers on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew sessions, and making himself well known as a member of Chick Corea's Return To Forever band. Jazz fusion (sometimes referred to simply as fusion) is a musical genre that loosely encompasses the merging of jazz with other styles, particularly rock, funk, R&B, and world music. ... A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums. ... Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was an American jazz composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist and was one of the most influential, innovative and original musicians of the twentieth century. ... Cover art for Bitches Brew Miles Daviss Bitches Brew, released in 1970, is one of the first recordings for jazz fusion. ... Armando Anthony Chick Corea (born June 12, American jazz pianist/keyboardist and composer who is arguably best known for his work during the 1970s in the genre of jazz fusion, although his contributions to straight-ahead jazz have been tremendous. ...
White passed through the lineups of a lot of short-lived late-'60s outfits including Ginger Baker's Airforce (playing some keyboards there as well), where he was in the unfortunate position of working alongside legendary drummer Phil Seaman, who managed to eclipse his younger colleague at every turn.
For the most part, however, White became the bedrock of the group's sound during the turbulent late-'70s era, when Yes was struggling with membership changes and the end of the progressive rock boom, which reduced their sales and audience.
Indeed, it was White's breaking his ankle (at a roller-disco, no less) in late 1979 that precipitated the momentary end of the band that year, amid a disastrous attempt at recording a new album.
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