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Max Roach: Deeds Not Words (CD: Riverside)Max Roach: Deeds Not Words (CD: Riverside)
Max Roach's only album as a leader for Riverside was recorded late in 1958, with one of his most unusual bands. From 1954, when he began his memorable partnership with Clifford Brown, Roach had worked with two-horn lineups that included Harold Land followed by Sonny Rollins on tenor sax and, after Brown's tragic death, Kenny Dorham on trumpet. This "New Quintet" had an outstanding tenorman in George Coleman, and a youthful trumpeter--Booker Little--who seemed well on his way to the stature of Brown and Dorham until his untimely death. In addition, the use of Ray Draper's tuba as either a third horn or third rhythm instrument provided this briefly-existing group with a rare opportunity for variety. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Max Roach: We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (CD: Candid)
An avant-garde masterpiece, a vocal-instrumental suite, a work of collective improvisation, directly addressing the racial and political issues of it’s day, We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite is one of the most important artistic statements of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most groundbreaking jazz albums of all time.

Max Roach was already almost a decade into his career as one of the most influential jazz drummers and composers when he teamed up with lyricist Oscar Brown Jr. to collaborate on a piece they planned to perform at the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1963. The urgency of the civil rights movement and the momentum gained from the “sit-ins” which began at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, inspired the artists to commit the project to record in the fall of 1960.

Recorded just months after the February 1960 Greensboro sit-ins, the album stands as an early musical testament to the burgeoning rage, anger and passion that would take the Civil Rights Movement from its early victory in Montgomery in 1955 into a future that would dramatically alter race relations in the United States. Produced by label co-founder, famed music critic and social activist, Nat Hentoff, the album is a bold statement, focussed on civil injustices in black history ranging from slavery to contemporary racial prejudices, and featuring some of the finest jazz musicians ever, including Abbey Lincoln, Coleman Hawkins, Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, and Michael Babatunde Olatunji.(Candid Records)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Max Roach: We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (CD: Candid)


Max Roach: We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (Vinyl LP: Candid)Max Roach: We Insist! Freedom Now Suite (Vinyl LP: Candid)

Pressed on 180 gram vinyl cut directly from the master tapes. 


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Max Roach Quartet: Speak, Brother, Speak! (CD: Fantasy)
 


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Max Roach Quartet: Speak, Brother, Speak! (CD: Fantasy)


Max Roach: Members Don't Git Weary (CD: Atlantic)Max Roach: Members Don't Git Weary (CD: Atlantic)
 


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Max Roach Plus Four: Quiet As It's Kept (CD: Verve)
 


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Max Roach Plus Four: Quiet As It's Kept (CD: Verve)


Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (CD: Impulse- US Import)Max Roach: Percussion Bitter Sweet (CD: Impulse- US Import)
Max Roach has been involved in most of the exploratory and significant experiments that fashioned modern jazz, from the birth of bebop with Parker in the forties, the hugely influential quintet with Clifford Brown in the fifties and the rise of the avant-garde and voices of freedom in the sixties: 'We Insist! Freedom Now Suite' being his most famous musical statement of his civil rights beliefs.

Similarly impassioned, though less provocative than the Candid record, 'Bitter Sweet' pays homage to certain figures that have worked hard in the turbulent struggle for independence in a world of ignorance and harsh realities. Roach's like-minded and compatible company of Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, Clifford Jordan, Mal Waldron and wife Abbey Lincoln deliver Roach's dedications with graceful intensity, and it's an opportunity also to hear the fine trombone of the little-heard Julian Priester.  


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Max Roach & Anthony Braxton: Birth And Rebirth (CD: Black Saint)
 


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Max Roach & Anthony Braxton: Birth And Rebirth (CD: Black Saint)


Max Roach: Bright Moments (CD: Soul Note)Max Roach: Bright Moments (CD: Soul Note)
 


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