Max Roach (20th century US jazz drummer & composer)

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Arguably one of the most important drummer ever, Maxwell Lemuel Roach began his career pioneering bebop drums play (at the same time Kenny Clarke did).
This step ahead led him to record a number of historical sessions with Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Bud Powell and other giants of the time during the 50's.
Then involved with Charles Mingus and Clifford Brown, his already important career reached new heights in the early 60's with landmark records, either sideman or leader, such as Money Jungle and We Insist! Freedom Now.
Married with Abbey Lincoln with whom he recorded a number of times, Roach is also known to be one of the few bop drummers making intrusions into Free Jazz: the well-named Historic Concert is one of the most remarkable example, featuring Roach in a two hour killing duet with Cecil Taylor.

Listener guide

Newcomers are encouraged to start with the all-star Money Jungle emphasizing Roach subtle bop playing - this release also is one of the finest jazz record ever.

People looking for a solid reference covering the hard-bop years are encouraged to (try to) dig the excellent (and rare) Mosaic seven discs boxset The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions.

Annotation last modified on 2007-12-04 13:48 UTC.

Legal name: Maxwell Lemuel Roach



1947And the Angels Swing / Symphony Sid's IdeaStan Getz Quartet, Stan Getz, Curley Russell, Hank Jones, Max Roach, Teddy Reig, Allen Eager Quartet, Allen Eager, Ed Finckel & Bob Kahakalau1
1952New SoundsMax Roach/James Moody/Art Blakey1
1953Bird - Diz - Bud - MaxBird - Diz - Bud - Max1
1954Jam SessionClifford Brown, Max Roach, Harold Land, Richie Powell, George Morrow, Herb Geller, Keter Betts, Junior Mance, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, Dinah Washington3
1956Max Roach + 4Max Roach3
1956Rollins Plays for BirdSonny Rollins Quintet with Kenny Dorham and Max Roach10
1957Drummin’ the BluesMax Roach and Stan Levey with Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse Allstars2
1957Jazz in ¾ TimeMax Roach2
1957Pretty for the PeopleA.K. Salim, Johnny Griffin, Kenny Dorham, Pepper Adams, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, Max Roach1
1958Deeds, Not WordsMax Roach5
1958Max Roach + 4 on the Chicago SceneMax Roach2
1959Booker Little 4 & Max RoachBooker Little 4 & Max Roach3
1959Quiet as It's KeptMax Roach3
1959Rich Versus RoachBuddy Rich & Max Roach6
1960Award Winning DrummerMax Roach2
1960Sonny Clark Trio (Different album than the later release with the same name)Sonny Clark Trio with Max Roach & George Duvivier4
1961We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now SuiteMax Roach7
1961Percussion Bitter SweetMax Roach5
1962Money JungleDuke EllingtonCharlie MingusMax Roach512
1966Drums UnlimitedMax Roach3
1968Members, Don’t Git WearyMax Roach3
1971Lift Every Voice and SingMax Roach1
1976Force - Sweet Mao - Suid Afrika 76Max Roach - Archie Shepp2
1976Percussion DiscussionMax Roach, Art Blakey2
1978Birth and RebirthMax Roach featuring Anthony Braxton3
1978ConfirmationMax Roach1
1978Streams of ConsciousnessMax Roach/Dollar Brand Duet2
1978SolosMax Roach1
1979AgainMax Roach2
1980M’BoomMax Roach2
1980The Long MarchMax Roach feat. Archie Shepp2
1981Chattahoochee RedMax Roach1
1982SwishMax Roach & Connie Crothers1
1984SurvivorsMax Roach1
1985DaahoudMax Roach & Clifford Brown1
1985Easy WinnersMax Roach1
1987Bright MomentsMax Roach1
1990The Long March Part 1Max Roach & Archie Shepp1
1991To the Max!Max Roach1
1992DaahoudMax Roach & Clifford Brown1
1995The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie ParkerMax Roach2
1996Max Roach With the New Orchestra of Boston and the So What Brass QuintetMax Roach1
1997MaxMax Roach1
1999Explorations… to the Mth DegreeMax Roach & Mal Waldron1
2002FriendshipClark Terry & Max Roach1
2002Jazz in Paris: Parisian SketchesMax Roach2
2013The Complete Max Roach 1958 - 1962Max Roach1
2016The Complete Study in BrownClifford Brown & Max Roach1
2018The 1960 Time SessionsSonny Clark Trio With George Duvivier And Max Roach2
2022Now’s The Time [Live (Remastered)]Max Roach & Sam Rivers1
Lift Every Voice and SingMax Roach1
Max RoachMax Roach1
The LoadstarMax Roach1
With the Boston Percussion EnsembleMax Roach1

Album + Compilation

1991The Big BeatArt Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones & Philly Joe Jones1
1992Debut Rarities, Volume 2The Charles Mingus Duo & Trio with Spaulding Givens & Max Roach1
1993Pleyel 48 + Max Roach Quintet 49Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach3
1999The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan/Drums UnlimitedMax Roach1
2000The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four SessionsMax Roach1
2005Jazz StructuresConte Candoli & Max Roach1
2009Candid RoachMax Roach2
2012Eight Classic AlbumsMax Roach1
2013The Complete Max Roach 1953 - 1958Max Roach2
2017Four Classic AlbumsMax Roach1
Drums, Vol. 5Buddy Rich, Max Roach & Louie Bellson1
Milestones Of A Jazz LegendClifford Brown , Feat. Max Roach, Sarah Vaughan, Helen Merrill, Quincy Jones, Roy Haynes, Clark Terry, Junior Mance, Kenny Drew, Gigi Gryce, Sonny Rollins, Zoot Sims, Art Blakey, Art Farmer, J.J. Johnson, Tadd Dameron, Lou Donaldson1

Album + Soundtrack

1990Jazzbühne Berlin '84Max Roach Quartet & Max Roach1

Album + Live

1955In ConcertGene Norman presents Max Roach and Clifford Brown1
1958Max Roach + 4 at NewportMax Roach3
1959Newport ’58Dinah Washington, Terry Gibbs, Max Roach & Don Elliott1
1972Newport in New York '72 - The Jam Sessions, Volume 2Big Black, John Blair, Kenny Burrell, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bennie Green, Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, Max Roach, Mary Lou Williams2
1977Live in Tokyo, Volume 1Max Roach1
1977Live in Tokyo, Volume 2Max Roach1
1980One in Two - Two in OneMax Roach featuring: Anthony Braxton42
1984Historic Concerts: McMillin Theatre, Columbia U., New York, December 15, 1979Max Roach and Cecil Taylor3
1985European TourThelonious Monk and Max Roach2
1990Max + Dizzy - Paris 1989Max Roach & Dizzy Gillespie1
1997Jazz At The Philarmonic-Frankfurt 1952Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Max Roach1
1999Love for SaleMax Roach1
2023Hot House: The Complete Jazz At Massey Hall Recordings (Live At Massey Hall / 1953)Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach2


1953Glow Worm / SfaxMax Roach Septet1
1953Orientation / MobleyzationMax Roach Septet1
1957Jazz in 3/4 TimeMax Roach1
Jazz at Massey Hall – Salt Peanuts - Night in TunisiaDizzie Gillespie, Charlie Chan, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus & Max Roach1


1953Bird - Diz - Bud - Max, Vol. 1Bird - Diz - Bud - Max1
1953Bird - Diz - Bud - Max, Vol. 2Bird - Diz - Bud - Max1

EP + Live

1958Jazz at Massey Hall Volume 1 - Perdido / Salt PeanutsDizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach and Charlie Chan2

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