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Max Roach

dr, 1924-2007 US, Pasquotank County, North Carolina
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Maxwell Lemuel Roach

Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer.A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little. He was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.

  • Drums
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Pop
Plays With
Benny Golson Sextet
Buddy De Franco Sextet
Cannonball Adderley All Stars
Charles Mingus – Max Roach Duo
Charlie Parker's Re-Boppers
Clifford Brown All Stars
Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Coleman Hawkins All Star Band
Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra
Dexter Gordon Quintet
Dizzy Gillespie - Stan Getz Sextet
Dizzy Gillespie's Cool Jazz Stars
Earl Coleman And His All Stars
Fats Navarro Quintet
George Russell Orchestra
George Wallington Trio
Gil Mellé Sextet
Herbie Nichols Trio
Howard McGhee All Stars
Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars
J.J. Johnson All Stars
J.J. Johnson Quartet
J.J. Johnson's Boppers
Jimmy Cleveland And His All Stars
Lee Konitz Sextet
Max Roach Double Quartet
Max Roach His Chorus And Orchestra
Max Roach Plus Four
Max Roach Quartet
Max Roach Quintet
Max Roach Septet
Max Roach Sextet
Metronome All Stars
Miles Davis & His Tuba Band
Miles Davis And His Orchestra
Newport Parker Tribute All Stars
Roach-Braxton Duo
Slide Hampton Orchestra
Sonny Clark Trio
Sonny Rollins Plus Four
Sonny Rollins Quartet
Sonny Rollins Quintet
Sonny Rollins Trio
Sonny Stitt Quartet
Stan Getz Quartet
The Bud Powell Trio
The Capitol International Jazzmen
The Charles Mingus Quintet
The Charlie Mingus Trio
The Charlie Parker All-Stars
The Charlie Parker Quartet
The Charlie Parker Quintet
The Charlie Parker Sextet
The International Jazzmen
The J.J. Johnson Quintet
The J.J. Johnson Sextet
The Kai Winding Sextet
The Kenny Dorham Quintet
The Max Roach Trio
The Miles Davis Nonet
The Miles Davis Quartet
The Paris All-Stars
The Quintet
The Quintet Of The Year
The Riverside Jazz Stars
Thelonious Monk Trio
M'Boom Re:percussion Ensemble
Willie Willis
With A String Ensemble
Sonny Stitt Sal Salvador Quintet
Spaulding Givens
Eddie Chamblee And Orchestra
Sonny Stitt And Bud Powell Quartet
Popular Tracks   
Donna Lee on Creating The Beat by Max Roach
Smooch on The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection by Miles Davis
When Lights Are Low on The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection by Miles Davis
Embraceable You on Clifford Brown With Strings by Clifford Brown
Stompin' At The Savoy on Brown And Roach Incorporated by Clifford Brown & Max Roach
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You on Brown And Roach Incorporated by Clifford Brown & Max Roach
Lonesome Lover on It's Time by Max Roach
Miles Ahead on The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection by Miles Davis
I’ve Got You Under My Skin - Live At Massey Hall / 1953 on Hot House: The Complete Jazz At Massey Hall Recordings by Various Artists
Lands End on Jazz 'Round Midnight: Clifford Brown by Clifford Brown

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
Drum Power!!!Max Roach2017Album
Four Classic AlbumsMax Roach2017Compil.
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul Note Volume 2Max Roach2016Album
Jazz At Massey Hall: The 10-Inch LP CollectionMax Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus2015Album
The Complete Max Roach 1953 - 1958Max Roach2015Compil.
The Complete Max Roach 1958 - 1962Max Roach2015Compil.
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NoteMax Roach2015Album
Jazz Heroes Collection 12John Coltrane, Max Roach2014Compil.
New York - Toronto - Newport 1951-1960Max Roach2013Compil.
Jazz At Cafe Bohemia Vol. 1Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, George Wallington, Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Dorham2013Album
Eight Classic AlbumsMax Roach2013Compil.
Seven Classic AlbumsMax Roach2012Compil.
AgainMax Roach2011Album
Freedom Now SuiteMax Roach With Abbey Lincoln2011Album
Live In BerlinMax Roach2009Album
The Golden YearsMax Roach2009Compil.
Candid RoachMax Roach2009Compil.
Kind of RoachMax Roach2009Album
Complete 1958-1959 "Plus Four" SessionsMax Roach Featuring Booker Little And George Coleman2008Compil.
A Tribute To ...Max Roach2007Compil.
Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins Featuring John Coltrane, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Durham, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Max Roach2007Compil.
Members, Don't Git Weary / Lift Every Voice And SingMax Roach2006Compil.
FriendshipClark Terry & Max Roach2002Album
Red Hot & Blue JazzDizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Oscar Pettiford, Hot Lips Page, Illinois Jacquet, Max Roach2000Single
Explorations... To The Mth DegreeMax Roach - Mal Waldron1999Album
Featuring The Legendary Hasaan / Drums UnlimitedMax Roach1999Compil.
Beijing TrioJon Jang, Jie-Bing Chen, Max Roach1999Album
Dizzy's Dream BandDizzy Gillespie With Special Guests Gerry Mulligan And Max Roach1999Album
A Session With Max RoachMax Roach1998Album
Jazz MastersMax Roach1997Compil.
Jazz At The Philarmonic-Frankfurt 1952Lester Young, Flip Phillips, Roy Eldridge, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Max Roach1997Album
Jazz Masters (100 Ans De Jazz)Max Roach1997Compil.
Variations On The SceneMax Roach1997Compil.
Dizzy Gillespie Pleyel Concert 1948 / Max Roach Quintet 1949Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach1997Compil.
With The New Orchestra Of Boston And The So What Brass QuintetMax Roach1996Album
Max RoachMax Roach1995Compil.
It's Christmas AgainMax Roach1994Album
Max RoachMax Roach1993Album
Max Roach (originally Award-Winning-Drummer)Max Roach1993Compil.
To The Max!Max Roach1992Album
Debut Rarities ★ Volume 2The Charles Mingus Duo & The Charlie Mingus Trio With Spaulding Givens & Max Roach1992Album
Max RoachMax Roach1992Compil.
Max Roach And The Turrentine BrothersMax Roach1991Album
To The Max!Max Roach1991Album
Drums ConversationMax Roach1990Compil.
Max + Dizzy Paris 1989Max Roach - Dizzy Gillespie1990Album
Two QuintetsMax Roach1989Compil.
European TourThelonious Monk And Max Roach1989Compil.
The Max Roach Collection - A RetrospectiveMax Roach1988Compil.
Max RoachMax Roach1987Compil.
Deeds, Not WordsMax Roach1987Album
The Long MarchMax Roach Duos With Archie Shepp And Anthony Braxton1985Album
European TourThelonious Monk And Max Roach1985Compil.
Manne, Jones & RoachShelly Manne, Elvin Jones & Max Roach1985Compil.
Standard TimeMax Roach1984Compil.
SurvivorsMax Roach1984Album
The Complete Debut Sessions 1953Max Roach / Jimmy Knepper1984Compil.
Long As You're LivingMax Roach1984Album
Historic ConcertsMax Roach And Cecil Taylor1984Album
1947-1948Charlie Parker Featuring Dizzy Gillespie - Max Roach - Fats Navarro - Buddy Rich - Sarah Vaughan1983Compil.
the verve collectors´ itemTeddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Count Basie, Oscar Moore, Ray Brown, Max Roach, Bud Powell, Willie Smith, Sonny Criss, Stan Getz, Barney Kessel1983Album
SwishMax Roach, Connie Crothers1982Album
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 35Thelonious Monk, Phil Woods, Jimmy Cleveland, Max Roach1981Compil.
ConversationsMax Roach1981Compil.
Chattahoochee RedMax Roach1981Album
Europa JazzCharlie Parker, Kenny Dorham, Al Haig, Max Roach1981Compil.
M'BoomMax Roach, M'Boom Re:percussion Ensemble1980Album
Again Volume TwoMax Roach1980Album
Again Volume OneMax Roach1980Album
One In Two - Two In OneMax Roach featuring: Anthony Braxton1980Album
The Long MarchMax Roach featuring: Archie Shepp1980Album
In The BeginningMax Roach - James Moody1979Compil.
Birth And RebirthMax Roach Featuring Anthony Braxton1978Album
SolosMax Roach1978Album
ConfirmationMax Roach1978Album
Streams Of ConsciousnessMax Roach / Dollar Brand1978Album
Vol. 2Charlie Parker / Miles Davis / John Lewis / Max Roach1977Compil.
Sounds As A RoachMax Roach And Abbey Lincoln1977Album
The LoadstarMax Roach1977Album
Charlie Parker Vol. 1Charlie Parker With Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Max Roach1977Compil.
Force - Sweet Mao - Suid Afrika 76Max Roach - Archie Shepp1976Album
Sessions, LiveMax Roach / Bud Shank1976Album
Percussion DiscussionMax Roach / Art Blakey1976Compil.
The Bop SessionDizzy Gillespie / Sonny Stitt / John Lewis / Percy Heath / Max Roach / Hank Jones1975Album
The Big BeatArt Blakey / Max Roach / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones1974Compil.
The Big BeatArt Blakey / Max Roach / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones1974Compil.
Drum SuiteThe Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble / Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers / Slide Hampton Orchestra Featuring Max Roach1974Compil.
The Greatest Jazz Concert EverCharlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach1973Compil.
Lift Every Voice And SingMax Roach With The J.C. White Singers1971Album
Ezz-thetic!Lee Konitz, Miles Davis, Billy Bauer, Sal Mosca, Max Roach, Stan Levey1970Compil.
Max RoachMax Roach1969Single
Members, Don't Git WearyMax Roach1968Album
Members, Don't Git WearyMax Roach1968Album
Five Greatest DrummersMax Roach / Shelly Manne / Elvin Jones / "Philly" Joe Jones / Art Blakey1968Compil.
Drums UnlimitedMax Roach1966Album
The Charles Mingus Quintet + Max RoachThe Charles Mingus Quintet + Max Roach1964Album
Taste Of DrumsMax Roach, Phil Kraus, Bobby Rosengarden, Osie Johnson, Larry Bunker, Johnny Pacheco, Alvin Stroller, Jake Hanna1964Compil.
Lonesome Lover / Sunday AfternoonMax Roach And Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach And Orchestra1962Single
Money JungleDuke Ellington • Charles Mingus • Max Roach1962Album
Percussion Bitter SweetMax Roach1961Album
Newport RebelsCharles Mingus, Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Roy Eldridge, Jo Jones1961Album
Award-Winning DrummerMax Roach1960Album
We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteMax Roach1960Single
We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now SuiteMax Roach1960Album
Rich Versus RoachBuddy Rich And Max Roach1959Album
Newport '58Dinah Washington / Terry Gibbs / Max Roach / Don Elliott1959Album
Booker Little 4 & Max RoachBooker Little 4 & Max Roach1959Album
Rich Versus RoachBuddy Rich And Max Roach1959Single
+4Max Roach1958Album
Deeds, Not WordsMax Roach1958Single
Drummin' The BluesMax Roach And Stan Levey With Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars1958Album
Deeds, Not WordsMax Roach1958Album
Jazz At Massey Hall Volume 4Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach And Charlie Chan1958Single
Jazz At Massey Hall Volume 3Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach And Charlie Chan1958Single
Max Roach With The Boston Percussion EnsembleMax Roach1958Album
Jazz At Massey Hall Volume 1Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach And Charlie Chan1958Single
BudThe Bud Powell Trio Featuring Max Roach1958Compil.
Opus De BopStan Getz, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell, Hank Jones, Max Roach1957Album
+4Max Roach1957Album
Jazz In 3/4 TimeMax Roach1957Album
Jazz In 3/4 TimeMax Roach1957Single
Sweet CliffordClifford Brown, Harold Land, Max Roach, Richie Powell, George Morrow1956Single
Valse HotSonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Richie Powell, George Morrow, Max Roach1956Single
Saxophone ColossusSonny Rollins, Tommy Flanagan, Doug Watkins, Max Roach1956Single
Rollins Plays For BirdSonny Rollins Quintet With Kenny Dorham And Max Roach1956Album
Best Coast JazzMax Roach, Herb Geller, Walter Benton, Joe Maini, Clifford Brown1956Album
MildamaMax Roach1955Single
Bird - Diz - Bud - MaxBird - Dizzy Gillespie - Bud Powell - Max Roach1953Single
Bird - Diz - Bud - MaxBird - Dizzy Gillespie - Bud Powell - Max Roach1953Album
Bird - Diz - Bud - Max Vol. 1Bird - Dizzy Gillespie - Bud Powell - Max Roach1953Single
New SoundsMax Roach, James Moody, Kenny Dorham, Art Blakey1952Compil.
Bongo Bop / Embraceable YouThe Charlie Parker Quintet / Charlie Parker Accompanied By Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, Tommy Potter, Max Roach1948Album
Newport Jazz 1958-59Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Eric Dolphy, Gerry Mulligan, Lee KonitzCompil.
YesterdaysMax Roach And Buddy RichSingle
This Is The Modern Drum Battles!Art Blakey, Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, "Philly" Joe Jones, Charlie PersipCompil.
Jazz At Massey Hall Volume 2Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Charles Mingus, Max Roach And Charlie ChanSingle
Best Coast JazzMax Roach, Herb Geller, Walter Benton, Joe Maini, Clifford Brown, Kenny DrewSingle
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 44Art Blakey / Freddie Hubbard / Horace Silver / Max RoachCompil.
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