Max Roach, a founding father of modern jazz, died this morning in New York City. Beyond his stature as an drummer, Roach was an activist, a teacher and a restless innovator.
Here is Variety’s obituary; here is the New York Times obituary.
And here are a few Max Roach recordings. Click the song titles to hear them on my Vox audio stash.
This version of Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” comes from a legendary September 1962 session uniting Ellington and Roach and Charles Mingus. A remastered version of this album – “Money Jungle” – was released in 2002.
“Drums” is an avant-garde track from the 1955 album “The Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach.”
“Conversation” is a pyrotechnic 4-minute solo piece off of Roach’s 1958 album “Deeds, Not Words.”