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North Carolina, United States (1924 – 2007)

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,[3] Roach has been quoted by Phil Schaap as having stated that his family believed he was born on January 8, 1925. Roach’s family moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York when he was 4 years old. He grew up in a musical home, his mother being a gospel singer. He started to play bugle in parade orchestras at a young age. At the age of 10, he was already playing drums in some gospel bands. In 1942, as an eighteen-year-old fresh out of Boys High School, he was called to fill in for Sonny Greer with the Duke Ellington Orchestra when they were performing at the Paramount Theater.

In 1942, Roach started to go out in the jazz clubs of the 52nd Street and at 78th Street & Broadway for Georgie Jay’s Taproom (playing with schoolmate Cecil Payne).[4] His first professional recording took place in December 1943, supporting Coleman Hawkins.[5]


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  • Slim_rafa


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  • tropicalhaze

    he was never free because he was black.

    13 Jun 2013 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    We Insist is absolutely ground breaking material!

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Sooperglitcher

    Legendary musician. January V is deep and special.

    5 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheFructose

    The man was so good he made George Russell give up the drums!

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • D-A-N-

    I believe Parisian Sketches was recorded in 1960. not sure when it was officially released though.

    17 Nov 2011 Reply
  • 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.

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • SpaceLoneliness

    percussion bitter sweet = it's time > we insist!

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • incubatetilburg

    Hi-hat solo by Max Roach:

    8 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Muskiato


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  • THee-BeAtNiK


    16 Feb 2011 Reply
  • JBarracudaL

    Certainly one of my favorite drummers ever.

    13 Jan 2011 Reply
  • b4knowing

    max roach park in brixton!!

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Afuera

    i have it on vinyl. Insane record!

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • shamatha-x

    cool D.A.R.E. shirt bro.

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
  • insomniacme

    oh key ....

    29 Mar 2010 Reply
  • oseland

    1. wtf are you talking about iriihuto? he did not say anything about anyone not being free 2. slavery is far from abolished 3. only the free and equal are born free and equal. billions live their entire lives with little to no freedom. people are only equal at a high level of abstraction.

    17 Feb 2010 Reply
  • iriihutoR48

    That was a racist thing of you to say, semenretentum! All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights. Slavery was abolished a long time ago and I think you need to bring your ass to the 21st century!

    26 Dec 2009 Reply
  • solartarkovski

    Esse era tão bom q nenhuma bateria era a melhor para ele tocar. O som que sai da bateria desse doente não sai de bateria alguma.

    22 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MirkoFait

    I like his music and energy :)

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
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