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Max Roach - 1924 - 2007


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What I loved about him (in addition to his huge musical contributions) was that he was still involved in the community. He would do local television appearances in NY, even continuing to work with his ex-wife, singer Abbey Lincoln.

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Max Roach was born and spent the first 3 or 4 years of his life in Newland, NC; about 40 miles from where I live. There used to be a killer used vinyl shop in Boone that had a Max Roach section out of respect for a favorite son.


My favorite Roach track is Ellington's "Caravan"; the trio version with Ellington, Roach, & Mingus.


Rest in peace, Mr. Roach.

My whole trick is to keep the tune well out in front. If I play Tchaikovsky, I play his melodies and skip his spiritual struggle. ~Liberace
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