Max Roach

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Biography

Arguably one of the most important drummer ever, Maxwell Lemuel Roach began his career pioneering bebop drums play (at the same time Kenny Clarke did).
This step ahead led him to record a number of historical sessions with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell and other giants of the time during the 50's.
Then involved with Charles Mingus and Clifford Brown, his already important career reached new heights in the early 60's with landmark records, either sideman or leader, such as Money Jungle and We Insist! Freedom Now.
Married with Abbey Lincoln with whom he recorded a number of times, Roach is also known to be one of the few bop drummers making intrusions into Free Jazz: the well-named Historic Concert is one of the most remarkable example, featuring Roach in a two hour killing duet with Cecil Taylor.

Listener guide

Newcomers are encouraged to start with the all-star Money Jungle emphasizing Roach subtle bop playing - this release also is one of the finest jazz record ever.

People looking for a solid reference covering the hard-bop years are encouraged to (try to) dig the excellent (and rare) Mosaic seven discs boxset The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions.

Annotation last modified on 2007-12-04 13:48 UTC.

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Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer.

A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little.

Roach also led his own groups, and made numerous musical statements relating to the African-American civil rights movement.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 New Sounds Max Roach/James Moody/Art Blakey 1
1955 Study in Brown Clifford Brown & Max Roach 2
1955 The Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley Max Roach Quartet featuring Hank Mobley 1
1957 Jazz in ¾ Time Max Roach 2
1958 Deeds, Not Words Max Roach 2
1958 Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago Scene Max Roach 2
1959 Quiet as It's Kept Max Roach 1
1959 Rich Versus Roach Buddy Rich & Max Roach 4
1960 Sonny Clark Trio Sonny Clark Trio with Max Roach & George Duvivier 1
1960 We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite Max Roach 4
1961 Percussion Bitter Sweet Max Roach 4
1962 It's Time Max Roach 2
1962 Money Jungle Duke EllingtonCharles MingusMax Roach 5
1966 Drums Unlimited Max Roach 2
1971 Lift Every Voice and Sing Max Roach 1
1976 Force - Sweet Mao - Suid Afrika 76 Max Roach - Archie Shepp 1
1976 Percussion Discussion Max Roach, Art Blakey 1
1978 Birth and Rebirth Max Roach featuring Anthony Braxton 1
1980 The Long March Max Roach feat. Archie Shepp 2
1981 Chattahoochee Red Max Roach 1
1982 Swish Max Roach & Connie Crothers 1
1984 Historic Concerts Max Roach and Cecil Taylor 1
1984 Survivors Max Roach 1
1985 Easy Winners Max Roach 1
1987 Bright Moments Max Roach 1
1989 Deeds, Not Words Max Roach 2
1989 European Tour Thelonious Monk & Max Roach 1
1990 Max Roach + 4 Max Roach 2
1991 To The Max! Max Roach 1
1994 M'Boom Max Roach 2
1995 The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker Max Roach 1
1996 Max Roach With the New Orchestra of Boston and the So What Brass Quintet Max Roach 1
1997 Blues Mambo Sonny Clark, Max Roach, George Duvivier 1
1999 Explorations... to the Mth Degree Max Roach & Mal Waldron 1
2002 Friendship Clark Terry & Max Roach 1
2002 Jazz in Paris: Parisian Sketches Max Roach 2
2011 We Insist! Freedom Now Suite Max Roach 1
2012 Eight Classic Albums Max Roach 1
Award Winning Drummer Max Roach 1
Daahoud Max Roach & Clifford Brown 1
The Long March Part 1 Max Roach & Archie Shepp 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Big Beat Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones & Philly Joe Jones 1
2000 The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions Max Roach 1
Jazz Structures Conte Candoli & Max Roach 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Max Roach + 4 at Newport Max Roach 1
1972 Newport in New York '72 - The Jam Sessions, Volume 2 Big Black, John Blair, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bennie Green, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, Max Roach, Mary Lou Williams 1
1990 Max + Dizzy - Paris 1989 Max Roach & Dizzy Gillespie 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1968 Members, Don't Git Weary Max Roach 2
Max Roach Max Roach 1

Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Max Roach + 4 at Newport Max Roach 1

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