Maxwell Lemuel Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz drummer and composer. A pioneer of bebop, he worked in many other styles of music, and is generally considered one of the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and Booker Little. He was inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.
Roach also led his own groups, most notably a pioneering quintet co-led with trumpeter Clifford Brown and the percussion ensemble M'Boom. He made numerous musical statements relating to the civil rights movement.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 10th, 1924 (Newland), Died August 16th, 2007 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1958
Roles Represented in DAHR: drums
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||102957||7/23/1957||Nobody knows the trouble I've seen||The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||103169||8/27/1957||White Christmas||The Ellingtonians ; Al Hibbler||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||103170||8/27/1957||How blue can you get||Chubby Kemp and the Ellingtonians||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||103171||8/27/1957||Set 'em up||Sara Ford and the Ellingtonians||instrumentalist, drums|
|Decca||105627||11/24/1958||A helluva town||George Russell Orchestra||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-1917||12/18/1943||Lover come back to me||Coleman Hawkins Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-1918||10-in.||12/18/1943||Indiana||Coleman Hawkins Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-19001||12/18/1943||Blues changes||Coleman Hawkins Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
|Signature||T-19002||12/18/1943||These foolish things||Coleman Hawkins Quartet||instrumentalist, drums|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Roach, Max," accessed June 18, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340358.
Roach, Max. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 18, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340358.
"Roach, Max." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 18 June 2021.
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