Jazz artist known for his individualistic approach, specializing mainly in the bop and hard-bop genres. He struggled with drugs his entire life.
He was shortly imprisoned for drug charges in 1961. His career never completely recovered.
He married pianist Bertha Rosamond, who was a sometimes collaborator. She continued to advocate for his legacy following his death.
He was largely ignored in his day, but critics like David Rosenthal reevaluated his legacy and placed him on equal standing with Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk.