Maxwell Lemuel Roach (January 8/10, 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 Clifford Brown, 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.
In the mid-1950s, Roach co-led a pioneering quintet along with trumpeter Clifford Brown. In 1970, he founded the percussion ensemble M'Boom. He made numerous musical statements relating to the civil rights movement.
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|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||D7VB-2659||10-in.||12/11/1947||April in Paris||Coleman Hawkins Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||D7VB-2660||10-in.||12/11/1947||How strange||Coleman Hawkins Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, drums|
|Victor||D7VB-2661||10-in.||12/11/1947||Half step down, please||Coleman Hawkins Orchestra||Instrumental ensemble||instrumentalist, drums|
|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 December 10, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340358.
Roach, Max. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 10, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340358.
"Roach, Max." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 10 December 2023.
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