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From the album "The Cry" (1963)

Lasha is pronounced "La-shay".

Born William B. Lawsha on September 19, 1929 in Fort Worth, Texas.

He was part of the incredible music flowering of that place and time that included John Carter, Ornette Coleman, King Curtis, Charles Moffett, and Dewey Redman, all students at I.M. Terrell High School.

(What was up with that school? Does anyone know? Who was the teacher behind it all? There's a story there. A run of genius like that doesn't happen by accident.)

Lasha moved to LA in the 1950s where he worked closely with Sonny Simmons. He also recorded with Eric Dolphy (Iron Man and Conversations) and the Elvin Jones/Jimmy Garrison Sextet featuring McCoy Tyner (Illumination!).

In the 1970s, Lasha and Simmons continued to work together.

Lasha passed away December 12, 2008.

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