Thursday, August 16, 2007

R.I.P. Max Roach

Max Roach passed away today. The first time I remember being aware of Mr. Roach was in college when a friend tried to turn me on to Charlie Parker record. The first thing that came to my mind was "Holy Shit! who is that on drums?" I liked the saxophone stuff OK but being a provincial lad raised on The Louvin Brothers, The Chuck Wagon Gang and Jimi Hendrix I really didn't appreciate it until later. But those drums! Damn. If it had not been for Mr. Roach that might have been the last jazz tune I ever listened to on purpose.
A few years later I wound up on a big jazz kick and bought a ton of Charlie Parker and Miles Davis records but my favorite tracks are almost always the ones that feature Max Roach.

Here is the obituary and here is the obligatory youtube clip:

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