Friday, August 17, 2007

Max Roach on UBM-TV

Thanks to a music collector in Brazil named Pedro Mendes, there are some marvelous Max Roach clips on YouTube. Check out my Video Bar if you doubt me.

You especially need to see the two clips with Abbey Lincoln – live performances of Roach’s legendary “Freedom Now Suite.”

UPDATE (08/22/07): Here you’ll find part one and part two of Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln performing the “Freedom Now Suite.”


daughterofthedream said...

Thanks for posting these!

After reading an awesome article about Abbey Lincoln a month or so ago that mentioned Freedom Suite, I downloaded it. So I am appreciating these clips right about now!

I am new to delving deeper into jazz and such, so I'm like a kid in a candy store --catching up to even the most obvious of legendary musicians like Max Roach and company, lol

Undercover Black Man said...

Glad you liked 'em, daughterofthedream. I relate to where you're at. I just got into jazz (hard bop in particular) a few years ago. Can't explain why it took me till my early 40s to expose myself to this music.

Kid in a candy store is right. It's like landing in a foreign country... you want to explore so much of it, and there aren't enough hours in the day.

I still have a special affection for the first few jazz tracks that really turned me out (like Sonny Rollins' "Strode Rode" and Yusef Lateef's "Ching Miau"). One of those life-changing tracks was Max Roach and Clifford Brown's "Delilah."

I still haven't begun to get into all the vocal jazz... the great singers. Hope I live long enough to taste it all.

Dougfp said...

I love to watch jazz drummers. Look how contained Roach's playing is. I mean, his physical posture and movements. You see a rock drummer and they're thrashing all over the place. Roach could outplay them without ever moving his upper torso.

Undercover Black Man said...

Great point, Doug. From the chest up, it looks like Roach is preparing sushi.