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  Max Roach gave jazz a new beat - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Max Roach, who helped pioneer bebop and revolutionize jazz drumming in the 1940s and 1950s, died in his sleep Wednesday in New York City.
Roach was born in New Land, N.C., in 1924 and moved to Brooklyn with his family four years later.
By Michael Kim, AP Jazz musician Max Roach died Wednesday in Manhattan.
www.usatoday.com /life/music/news/2007-08-16-roach-obit_N.htm?csp=34   (424 words)

  Max Roach - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Maxwell Lemuel Roach (born January 10, 1924-) is a jazz drummer and composer.
Roach expanded the standard form of hard-bop using 3/4 waltz rhythms and modality in 1957 with his album "Jazz in 3/4 time".
During the period 1962-1970, Roach was married to the singer Abbey Lincoln, who had performed on several of Roach's albums.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Max_Roach   (538 words)

 Max Roach - MSN Encarta
Max Roach, born in 1924, American percussionist and composer, one of the most influential and widely respected drummers in the history of jazz music.
Roach was born in New Land, North Carolina, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where at the age of ten he began playing the drum set in gospel music groups.
Roach was one of the first drummers to fully realize the potential of the stylistic innovations being introduced by drummer Kenny Clarke, who was also performing with many of the top bebop musicians.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761580488/Max_Roach.html   (448 words)

 Zildjian.com - en-US
Max Roach was born in North Carolina in 1924 but moved to New York as a child.
Max's mother was a gospel singer, which became some of his first musical experiences as a drummer.
Max Roach was awarded the highest cultural honor in France when he was named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in 1989.
www.zildjian.com /EN-US/about/adaabios_roach.ad2   (879 words)

 American Pop Culture - About Max Roach - Plus Max Roach Posters & T-Shirts.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
In a profession star-crossed by early deaths -- especially the bebop division -- Max Roach at this writing is a shining survivor, one of the last living giants from the birth of bebop.
To this base, Roach added sterling qualities of his own - a ferocious drive, the ability to play a solo with a definite storyline, mixing up pitches and timbres, the deft use of silence, the dexterity to use the brushes as brilliantly as the sticks.
But Roach didn't stop there, unlike other jazz pioneers who changed the world when they were young yet became set in their ways as they grew older.
www.americanpopcultureencyclopedia.com /max%20roach.htm   (308 words)

 Max Roach on Clifford Brown's EmArcy Recordings
Max Roach’s prodigious drumming in ensembles co-led by trumpeter Clifford Brown during the early-to-mid 1950s ranks as some of the most important work of his legendary six-decade career.
Roach’s 32 bar solo on “Jordu” (Disc 1, Track 4) contains multiple elements, such as the meticulous tuning of his drums, versatile sticking and footwork, a cornucopia of rhythms, judicious pacing—none of which stands out to the detriment of the others.
Roach states an idea just long enough for it to become familiar, and then moves on in a manner that doesn’t sound forced or contrived.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=16783   (1644 words)

 Jazz Legend Max Roach Speaks at Library of Congress
Roach's social activism, his teaching position at the University of Massachusetts, and the contemporary performances of both his percussion ensemble M'Boom and his double quartet attest to the continuing significance of his contributions to modern jazz.
Roach -- "Max Roach In Concert" and "Max RoachœIn Session." Both videos will be shown in the Library's Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave.
Reservations for "Max Roach In Concert" and "Max Roach- In Session" may be made beginning Nov. 7 by calling (202) 707-5677 between 9 a.m.
www.loc.gov /today/pr/1995/95-143.html   (337 words)

 Max Roach   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Hard bop was a general reaction against intellectualized "chamber jazz" and the West Coast "cool" school, a return to roots: blues and the music of the sanctified church, characterized by minor keys, a darker ensemble sound, and the rolling piano vamps of gospel-tinged funk.
But Roach (who just turned 76 on January 10) was a first-generation bebopper (Charlie Parker's "drummer of choice," as the Mosaic liner notes point out) and had also participated in Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool sessions, which applied the bebop vocabulary to a fuller orchestral concept.
Roach's drumming, as you would expect, is focused more on support, ensemble texture, and compositional integrity than on solo flash.
www.providencephoenix.com /archive/music/01/01/25/MAX.html   (847 words)

 Max Roach: The Hard Bop Homepage
Max Roach first played drums at the age of ten in gospel bands; this early involvement with fl religious music had a significant influence on his musical develpment, though he also studied formally at the Manhattan School of Music.
From the 1940s Roach played and recorded frequently with bop groups in New York, notably as a member of quintets led by Gillespie (1944) and Charlie Parker (intermittently 1945-53).
From 1954 to 1956, with Clifford Brown, Roach led an important quintet; this group produced a number of seminal recordings, including Study In Brown and At Basin Street, that epitomized the style of jazz known as hard bop.
members.tripod.com /~hardbop/roach.html   (303 words)

 Max Roach Plus Four: The Hard Bop Homepage
This is the first LP Max Roach has made since death cast a gruesome shadow on his combo in the summer of 1956.
Kenny Dorham, who plays trumpet on these sides, is one of the few musicians in contemporary jazz who could satisfy the exacting tastes of a Max Roach, or for that matter, of anyone who had spent every night for a couple of years listening to the creative soul of Clifford at work.
Completing the group are Sonny Rollins, whose arrival in the Roach line-up a year ago gave the group a brilliant, booting new front-line sound; and George Morrow, the bassist who now becomes the sole remaining sideman of the original Roach unit.
members.tripod.com /~hardbop/roachplus.html   (757 words)

 VH1.com : Max Roach : Biography - Urge Music Downloads
Roach has also received a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant; as an articulate lecturer on jazz, he has taught at the Lenox School of Jazz and has been a professor of music at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Roach's mother was a gospel singer, and that early immersion in the church had a lasting effect on his musical direction.
By 1945, Roach was red-hot in jazz circles, and he joined Parker's group that year for the first of a series of sporadic periods (1945, 1947-49, 1951-53).
www.vh1.com /artists/az/roach_max/bio.jhtml   (1034 words)

 Max Roach   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Max Roach was not the first bebop drummer (Kenny Clarke was), but he was the most influential bebop drummer.
Roach was born in 1924 in North Carolina.
In 1954, he formed a quintet with Clifford Brown and included Sonny Rollins on tenor sax and Ritchie Powell (Bud's brother) on piano, that became the premiere hard bop group of the time and one of the most important groups in jazz history.
airjudden.tripod.com /jazz/maxroach.html   (391 words)

 Max Roach   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Max Roach will always be important to me as the drummer who really got me interested in the instrument.
Roach became a staunch advocat of music as a means of achieving civil rights, and participated widely in related efforts during the 1960s.
Regardless of evolving drumming styles, Max Roach will forever be remembered as the man who brought lyricism to the drumset.
pubpages.unh.edu /~mehrmann/roach.html   (308 words)

 Max Roach - Search Results - MSN Encarta
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 Max Roach   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
A near miss by Max Roach is still a damn sight better than a direct hit by most other musicians.
Roach remains the great melodicist and orchestrator of the trap set, as he demonstrated with his unaccompanied solo in tribute to the late Alan Dawson, whom he credited as an inspiration for his all-percussion ensemble, M'Boom.
Roach and Brown support two horns who couldn't be more different from one another.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/music/reviews/08-01-96/REX/MAX_ROACH.html   (622 words)

 NEA Jazz Masters MaxRoach
Max has remained one of the leading drummers, bandleaders, and sages in jazz ever since the 40s.
Max also eschewed use of the piano or other chording instruments in his bands from the late 60s, a policy he largely continues today.
A broad-based percussionist who was a pioneer in establishing a fixed pulse on the ride cymbal instead of the bass drum, Max Roach has also collaborated with voice, string, and brass ensembles, lectured on college campuses extensively, and composed music for dance, theater, film, and television.
www.iaje.org /bio.asp?ArtistID=55   (681 words)

 Max Roach   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
From the late '40s on, one of the major voices in jazz drumming has been Max Roach, the subject of two sterling reissues and a major tribute album this season.
Central to both is the interplay between Roach and his wife at the time, vocalist Abbey Lincoln, whose screams of anguish at injustice are unforgettable.
And much as Roach's solos hint at the presence of winds, bass, and piano, this drummerless trio creates the illusion of a drummer present.
www.bostonphoenix.com /alt1/archive/music/reviews/11-10-95/roach.html   (683 words)

 jazzbrat.com - Max Roach
Max Roach is not just a drummer that keeps time.
Roach became part of another jazz movement between 1948 and 1950, when he recorded sessions with Miles Davis’ band; these sessions later became "Birth of the Cool".
Roach was an active member of the civil rights movement in the 1960s; this is how he met activist Abbey Lincoln, who would be his wife for the next eight years.
www.jazzbrat.com /templates/jpage.php?u_pageid=24   (497 words)

 Drummerworld: Max Roach
Max Roach, a founder of modern jazz who rewrote the rules of drumming in the 1940’s and spent the rest of his career breaking musical barriers and defying listeners’ expectations, died early today in Manhattan.
Roach, a percussion virtuoso capable of playing at the most brutal tempos with subtlety as well as power, was among a small circle of adventurous musicians who brought about wholesale changes in jazz.
Roach was himself recognized as a pioneer in the development of the sophisticated new form of jazz that came to be known as bebop.
www.drummerworld.com /drummers/Max_Roach.html   (2050 words)

 Jazzscript.co.uk - MAX ROACH : LIFELINE
Maxwell Roach is born in North Carolina, and spends most of his childhood years in New York.
Roach leads his own groups, and becomes a partner with Charles Mingus in Debut Records, which records the celebrated Massey Hall concert in 1953.
Roach forms a quintet on the West Coast with trumpeter Clifford Brown, later joined by Sonny Rollins; but Brown is killed in 1956.
www.jazzscript.co.uk /life/roachlife.htm   (416 words)

 ROACH, Max : MusicWeb Encyclopaedia of Popular Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Kenny Dorham; to Europe again with JATP '52, at Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse '54; soon co-led quintet with Clifford Brown, becoming the most popular jazz combo in the country when Brown and pianist Richie Powell (Bud's brother) were killed in a car crash (for LPs see Brown entry).
George Coleman, Booker Little, Julian Priester on trombone: On The Chicago Scene and At Newport Jazz Festival, Max and Boston Percussion Ensemble at Lenox Music Inn (he taught at Lenox MA School of Jazz each summer), all '58 originally on EmArcy; Deeds, Not Words on Riverside; Sessions, Live on Calliope, all '58.
Percussion Bitter Suite and It's Time '60--61 on Impulse, Max Roach -- Again once on Affinity (live from Paris '60, c'62- -3) were all with Lincoln.
www.musicweb-international.com /encyclopaedia/r/R97.HTM   (509 words)

 Max Roach
Max Roach is hailed as the world's greatest trap drummer, but that is only one of his musical feats.
Roach has also composed a tremendous body of music, maintained a teaching career, and continues to act as an impresario in developing new music ensebles.
Roach is a two-time winner of the French Grand Prix du Disque and recipient of the Primo Della Critica Discogratica Italiana Award.
www.weinmanntours.ch /current/artists/max_roach/max-roach.html   (489 words)

 Max Roach pictures and biography
In a profession star-crossed by early deaths — especially the bebop division — Max Roach at this writing is a shining survivor, one of the last living giants from the birth of bebop.
To this base, Roach added sterling qualities of his own — a ferocious drive, the ability to play a solo with a definite storyline, mixing up pitches and timbres, the deft use of silence, the dexterity to use the brushes as brilliantly as the sticks.
He has always had the curiosity and the willingness to grow as a musician and as a man, moving beyond bop into new compositional structures, unusual instrument lineups, unusual time signatures, atonality, music for Broadway musicals, television, film and the symphony hall, even working with a rapper well ahead of the jazz/hip-hop merger.
www.angelfire.com /mac/keepitlive/drummers/roach.htm   (321 words)

 The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions (#201)
To a man, they all later spoke about how generous Roach was in letting them play what they felt when it was their turn to solo.
From the first Max Roach + 4 with established players such as Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Rollins on tenor saxophone, Ray Bryant on piano and George Morrow on bass, the band evolved as Roach’s interest did.
A year later, Roach rescued the considerable talents of trumpeter Tommy and tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine from their anonymous work on the R & B circuit, forming a quintet completed by trombonist Julian Priester and bassist Bob Boswell.
www.mosaicrecords.com /prodinfo.asp?number=201-MD-CD   (949 words)

 Max Roach @ The Jazz Files   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-18)
Max Roach was one of the group of musicians that established bebop as the dominant force in Jazz music in the mid 40s.
In the early 40s Roach got jobs with veterans of the swing era such as Benny Carter and Coleman Hawkins ('43), then his style changed when he joined the likes of Dizzy Gillespie ('44) and Charlie Parker ('45) His work from this period in particular demonstrates his inventiveness and masterly technique.
It took Roach several years to overcome this loss but in the late 50s and early 60s Roach's Quintet included such artists as Kenny Dorham and Sonny Rollins.
www.thejazzfiles.com /JazzRoach.html   (297 words)

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