Max Roach was an American jazz drummer, percussionist, and composer. He was born on January 10, 1924, in Newland, North Carolina, and passed away on August 16, 2007, in Manhattan, New York.
Roach was one of the most influential drummers in the history of jazz, known for his technical virtuosity, innovative rhythms, and musical sensitivity. He was a pioneer of bebop and helped to develop the modern jazz drumming style. Roach played with many of the jazz greats, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk.
In addition to his work as a performer, Roach was also an educator and activist. He founded the Max Roach Double Quartet in the 1950s, which incorporated four brass instruments and a rhythm section. He also collaborated with poet and activist Amiri Baraka on several politically charged albums in the 1960s, including “We Insist! Freedom Now Suite,” which was inspired by the Civil Rights Movement.
Roach received numerous awards throughout his career, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1984. He continues to be remembered as one of the most important figures in jazz history.
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