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Max Roach

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.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 10, 1924 (Newland), Died August 16, 2007 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1943 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums

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Recordings

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  

Citation

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.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/340358

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