Jaki Liebezeit, German drummer, Died at 78


Jaki Liebezeit was born on May 26, 1938, in Dresden, Germany and died on January 22, 2017.

He was a German drummer.

He was best known as a founding member of Can.

Jaki Liebezeit was called “one of the few drummers to convincingly meld the funky and the cerebral”.

During the mid-1960s, Jaki was part of Manfred Schoof’s quintet, who were early exponents of European free jazz.

Liebezeit subsequently moved towards the new possibilities being opened by psychedelic music as a member of Can.

Liebezeit drumming was prominent in the band’s sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long “Halleluhwah” on Tago Mago.

He was best known for his exceptional “metronome” style of playing; other members of Can have suggested that he sounds as though he is “half-man, half machine”.

He died due to pneumonia.

Jaki Liebezeit passed away at 78 years old.