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Maxwell Lemuel Roach (January 10, 1924 - August 16, 2007) to parents Alphonse and Cressie Roach. He was a world-class percussionist, drummer, and jazz composer.

Roach was born in the Township of Newland, Pasquotank County, North Carolina, which borders the southern edge of the Great Dismal Swamp, to Alphonse and Cressie Roach. Many confuse this with Newland Town in Avery County. Although Roach's birth certificate lists his date of birth as January 10, 1924, Roach has been quoted by Phil Schaap… read more

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  • Avatar for NebulaSmudge
    Still Insist
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    Mito!!!
  • Avatar for tropicalhaze
    he was never free because he was black.
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    We Insist is absolutely ground breaking material!
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    Legendary musician. January V is deep and special.
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    The man was so good he made George Russell give up the drums!
  • Avatar for D-A-N-
    I believe Parisian Sketches was recorded in 1960. not sure when it was officially released though.
  • Avatar for stupidstuff
    I recently heard Max's Parisian Sketches, an album I enjoyed greatly. The most interesting track for me is Liberte, which is an instrumental version of the We Insist! song Freedom Day. It brings about a question though - when were these two albums released? Allmusic has both albums being issued in 1960 while RYM has We Insist! as 1961 and Parisian Sketches 1962.
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    percussion bitter sweet = it's time > we insist!

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