Max Roach (20th century US jazz drummer & composer)

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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.

Legal name: Maxwell Lemuel Roach



1947And The Angels Swing / Symphony Sim's IdeaStan Getz Quartet, Stan Getz, Curley Russell, Hank Jones, Max Roach, Teddy Rig, Allen Eager Quartet, Allen Eager, Ed Finckel & Bob Kahakalau1
1952New SoundsMax Roach/James Moody/Art Blakey1
1954Jam SessionClifford Brown, Max Roach, Harold Land, Richie Powell, George Morrow, Herb Geller, Keter Betts, Junior Mance, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Dinah Washington2
1956At Basin StreetClifford Brown and Max Roach1
1957Drummin' The BluesMax Roach and Stan Levey with Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse Allstars2
1957Jazz in ¾ TimeMax Roach2
1957Pretty for the PeopleA.K. Salim, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Dorham, Pepper Adams, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Max Roach1
1958Deeds, Not WordsMax Roach4
1958Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago SceneMax Roach2
1959Quiet as It's KeptMax Roach2
1959Rich Versus RoachBuddy Rich & Max Roach5
1960Sonny Clark Trio (Different album than the later release with the same name)Sonny Clark Trio with Max Roach & George Duvivier3
1960We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now SuiteMax Roach6
1961Percussion Bitter SweetMax Roach5
1962It's TimeMax Roach4
1962Money JungleDuke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach59
1966Drums UnlimitedMax Roach2
1968Members, Don't Git WearyMax Roach2
1971Lift Every Voice and SingMax Roach1
1976Force - Sweet Mao - Suid Afrika 76Max Roach - Archie Shepp1
1976Percussion DiscussionMax Roach, Art Blakey2
1978Birth and RebirthMax Roach featuring Anthony Braxton1
1978ConfirmationMax Roach1
1978Streams of ConsciousnessMax Roach & Dollar Brand1
1980M'BoomMax Roach2
1980The Long MarchMax Roach feat. Archie Shepp2
1981Chattahoochee RedMax Roach1
1982SwishMax Roach & Connie Crothers1
1984Historic ConcertsMax Roach and Cecil Taylor1
1984SurvivorsMax Roach1
1985Easy WinnersMax Roach1
1987Bright MomentsMax Roach1
1989European TourThelonious Monk & Max Roach1
1990Max Roach + 4Max Roach2
1990The Long March Part 1Max Roach & Archie Shepp1
1991To the Max!Max Roach1
1992DaahoudMax Roach & Clifford Brown1
1995The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie ParkerMax Roach1
1996Max Roach With the New Orchestra of Boston and the So What Brass QuintetMax Roach1
1997Blues MamboSonny Clark, Max Roach, George Duvivier1
1999Explorations… to the Mth DegreeMax Roach & Mal Waldron1
2002FriendshipClark Terry & Max Roach1
2002Jazz in Paris: Parisian SketchesMax Roach2
2012Eight Classic AlbumsMax Roach1
Award Winning DrummerMax Roach1

Album + Compilation

1991The Big BeatArt Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones & Philly Joe Jones1
1992Debut Rarities, Volume 2The Charles Mingus Duo & Trio with Spaulding Givens & Max Roach1
1993Pleyel 48 + Max Roach Quintet 49Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach3
1999The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan/Drums UnlimitedMax Roach1
2000The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four SessionsMax Roach1
Jazz StructuresConte Candoli & Max Roach1

Album + Live

1955In ConcertGene Norman presents Max Roach and Clifford Brown1
1958Max Roach + 4 at NewportMax Roach2
1972Newport in New York '72 - The Jam Sessions, Volume 2Big Black, John Blair, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bennie Green, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, Max Roach, Mary Lou Williams1
1980One in Two - Two in OneMax Roach featuring: Anthony Braxton2
1984Historic Concerts: McMillin Theatre, Columbia U., New York, December 15, 1979Max Roach and Cecil Taylor2
1985European TourThelonious Monk / Max Roach1
1990Max + Dizzy - Paris 1989Max Roach & Dizzy Gillespie1

Album + Soundtrack

1990Jazzbühne Berlin '84Max Roach Quartet & Max Roach1


1957Jazz in 3/4 TimeMax Roach1


2017Four Classic AlbumsMax Roach1

Unspecified type

2018The 1960 Time SessionsSonny Clark Trio With George Duvivier And Max Roach1
Max RoachMax Roach1


1977Live in Tokyo, Volume 1Max Roach1
1977Live in Tokyo, Volume 2Max Roach1

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