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THE LEGENDARY ARTIST AND DRUMMER MILFORD GRAVES HAS DIED at the age of 79, the Guardian reports, terming him “a student—and eventually teacher—of many disciplines, from linguistics and human biology to martial arts.” Graves was a pioneer of free jazz, and spent years studying the relationship between the human heartbeat and music. In 2018, he was diagnosed with amyloid cardiomyopathy, or stiff heart syndrome, as the New York Times wrote in a 2020 profile; he was given six months to live. “It turns out, I was studying the heart to prepare for treating myself,” Graves told the paper. He collaborated with everyone from Albert Ayler to John Zorn, and created ingenious assemblages that were included in a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia and the … Read the rest