August 19, 2007

R.I.P. Max Roach (1924-2007)

"Max Roach
treads that fine line between anticipation and reaction which distinguishes the true accompanist. His playing on this track is a wonderful example of how to interact without being obtrusive, at the same time commenting on virtually every phrase that floats by. Each component of the drum set can be brought to the forefront to accentuate any of Roach’s sophisticated patterns. Moreover, there is the pure joy in swinging and pacing the solos that is unique to his playing at this time".

- from Loren Schoenberg’s liner notes to Savoy Records’ The Genius of Charlie Parker.

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