Monday, August 20, 2007

Max Roach

"Art is a powerful weapon that society, or the powers that be, use to control or direct the way people think. Culture is used to perpetuate the status quo of a society. Even though I'm involved in music for the sake of entertainment, I always hope to offer some kind of enlightenment."

-Max Roach 1924-2007

Download: "Woodyn' You" mp3
Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
Recorded February 16, 1944.

Download: "Disorder At The Border" mp3
Coleman Hawkins and his Orchestra
Recorded February 22, 1944.

Download: "Ko Ko" mp3
Charlie Parker's Ri Bop Boys
Recorded November 26, 1945.

Download: "Klactoveedsedstene" mp3
Charlie Parker Quintet
Recorded November 4, 1947.

Download: "Marmaduke" mp3
Charlie Parker's All Stars
Recorded September 24, 1948.

Max Roach photograph: © William P. Gottlieb

Buy Max Roach music at Amazon
or at your local independently owned record store.
Coleman Hawkins sides available on: Rainbow Mist
Charlie Parker sides available on
The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948


tom said...

Thanks for this.
WKCR in NYC recently completed a beautiful, moving tribute to Max that lasted for a week. Also sad to learn that the Rainbow Music Shop was open to public until about a month ago or two ago. It's to be razed to make way for another ugly development. Sad days.

Ted Barron said...

Thank you Tom. I try to never miss Phil Schaap's tributes, and this one in particular was I think closest to his heart. My favorite Phil Schaap moment ever was when he had Max in the studio one morning for Bird Flight and was talking with him about Miles' recently published autobiography, to which Max responded by saying:

"I don't know if Miles was high or what when he wrote this stuff, but it didn't happen that way..."