Our Drummer: "MAX ROACH" Has Joined The Ancestors

Max Roach, whose pioneering bebop drumming was revered for its tenacity and musicality, died today in his sleep. He was 83. He was one of the revered musicians that provided rhythmic energy to the Black Power Movement of the 1960. He was a bebop/hard bop percussionist, drummer, and composer. He has worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins. He is widely considered to be one of the most important drummers in the history of jazz.

Max Roach

M’Boom Drummer/Bandleader (1970-present)
NEA Jazz Master 1984

Jazz on a Summer’s Day (28-Mar-1960) Himself

Max Roach with Abbey Lincoln

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