b. 8 January 1948, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Growing through the Chicago free picture, a founder person in the AACM, percussionist Barker 1st played and documented with fellow Chicagoans Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Joseph Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Anthony Braxton, in whose quartet he performed in the past due 70s. Economic success meant intervals of employed in musical pit rings, but signing up for Cecil Taylor’s Device in 1986 brought additional exposure. Taylor’s thick, polyrhythmic style needed the providers of somebody with an severe sense of framework and an incisive strike; these Barker provides in abundance. On the recommendation of Billy Bang, Barker provides added the marimba to his armoury, using exquisite sophistication and fireplace on Bang’s incredible The Fireplace From Within. His drumwork on guitarist Joe Morris’ Individual Rites is similarly impressive.