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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1954 Brown and Roach, Inc. Clifford Brown & Max Roach Quintet 1
1955 Brown and Roach Incorporated Brown and Roach Incorporated 1
1955 Clifford Brown and Max Roach Clifford Brown & Max Roach 8
1955 Study in Brown Clifford Brown & Max Roach 3
1957 Now's the Time The Quartet of Charlie Parker 1
1960 Newport Rebels Jazz Artists Guild 12
1986 Sing, Sing, Sing Various Artists 3 1
2010 Hip Hop and Jazz Mixed Up S. Mos 2
2013 American Jazz Standards Various Artists 1
2015 Spiritual Jazz 6: Vocals Various Artists 1
from Eighty Eight's: Elegant Various Artists 1
Now's the Time The Quartet of Charlie Parker 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1956 Jazz of Two Decades Various Artists 1
1984 Jazz Drummers Various Artists 3
1987 Jazz Sampler Compact Disc From Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Various Artists 2
1988 Candid Jazz Various Artists 1
1988 Les Géants du Jazz Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Jazz-Club: Trumpet Various Artists 1
1990 Jazz Parade: 40's-60's Various Artists 1
1991 Uncommon Expressions Various Artists 1
1992 Anything Goes: The Cole Porter Songbook Instrumentals Various Artists 1
1993 The Complete Cole Porter Songbooks Various Artists 1
1994 Red Hot on Impulse Various Artists 1
1995 Mercury Records Jazz Story Various Artists 1
1998 Geschichte der Pop Musik Various Artists 1
1998 The Jazz Experience: Trumpet Various Artists 1
1999 The Engine Room: A History of Jazz Drumming From Storyville to 52nd Street Various Artists 1
1999 Pure Jazz Moods (4 discs, 2004) Various Artists 2
1999 The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes Dexter Gordon 1
2000 The Guide to Good Sax Various Artists 1
2000 The Impulse! Album Various Artists 1
2003 Piano Blues Various Artists 2
2004 Top Jazz 2003 Various Artists 1
2005 Jazz in Paris, Volume 4: Rive Gauche, Rive Droite 1956-1959 (Deluxe edition: 3CDs boxset) Various Artists 1
2005 Basquiat Salutes Jazz Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz Legends: Big Band, Sax & Trumpet Classics Various Artists 1
2006 Cool Jazz Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz Greats, The Essential Masterpieces Various Artists 1
2006 Jazz in Paris: The 100's Most Beautiful Melodies (5CDs boxset) Various Artists 1
2006 Pure Fire! A Gilles Peterson Impulse! Collection Gilles Peterson 1
2006 Sidetracks Vol. 7 - That's Blue! + Painters Talking Various Artists 1
2006 Superdrummers! Various Artists 1
2007 25 ans avant Nova Various Artists 1
2007 Jazz in Paris: 1917/1959 (Deluxe edition: 12CDs boxset) Various Artists 1
2007 Jazz Greats, The Essential Masterpieces / Trilogy Various Artists 1
2008 Nova Le Grand Mix Various Artists 1
2009 Nova 24h: Une journée dans la vie de Radio Nova Various Artists 1
2010 Jazz for Lovers, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2010 Eight Classic Albums Charles Mingus 1
2010 The Jazz Masters Various Artists 2
2011 The 100 Best Jazz Tunes of the 1950's Various Artists 1
2013 The Bad Seeds Jukebox Various Artists 1
2013 Jazz on Vogue Various Artists 1
2015 13 Classic Albums: 1954 - 1960 Clifford Brown 1
2016 100 Hits: Jazz Various Artists 1
2016 Tea for Two Cafe Jazz Various Artists 1
2017 1917–2017: 100th Anniversary of Jazz Various Artists 1
2017 קול הג'אז הזה Various Artists 1
100% Jazz Classics Various Artists 1
A Taste of Jazz: Fresh, Sharp & Sweet Various Artists 1
Afro-Blue Various Artists 1
Atlantic Jazz: Bebop Various Artists 1
Cafe Jazz Various Artists 1
Dark Matter & Pornography Mixtape, Volume 30 Sa-Ra 1
Jazz: A Collection of Inspired Performances Various Artists 1
La Grande Storia del Jazz Various Artists 1
Sound Patio - Drum Battle Various Artists 1
The Story of Impulse! Various Artists 1
Verve New Releases: June 1995 Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 LateNightTales: Four Tet Four Tet 2
2004 Blue Note's Sidetracks, Volume 5: Out of the Blue: Remixes by Lefto & Krewcial Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + DJ-mix + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Africa in Your Earbuds #52: Carlos Mena Carlos Mena 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 The Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach Charles Mingus 2
1986 Jazz at Massey Hall The Quintet 13
1997 Pleyel Jazz Concert 1948 / Quintet 1949 Dizzy Gillespie & Max Roach 1

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