Max Roach is hailed as the world's greatest trap drummer with a career spanned over the past six decades. In the 1940's, he was there experimenting with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Oscar Pettiford, Coleman Hawkins, and Thelonious Monk. His first theater job was in 1942 with Duke Ellington Orchestra at New York's Paramount Theater. In the 1950's, he put together the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet, which was one of the dominant ensembles of that period. In the 1960's, he integrated political consciousness into his work, composing and producing the landmark "We Insist! Freedom Now" album. In the 1970's, he brought the drums out from a supporting to a starring role with solo drum performances around the world. 

The award and recognition he has received include the McArthur Foundation Fellowship, Grammy Hall of Frame, National Endowment for the Arts Masters Award, Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, French Grand Prix du Disque,the Primo Della Critica Discogratica Italiana Award, International Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame and Duke Ellington and Harlem Renaissance Award. 




“Stunningly recorded, it's a definite keeper.”

- Downbeat Magazine ****1/2  – John Corbett  8/2003


"…their clear rapport signals both a shared grasp of jazz's origins and a shared commitment to the cause of freedom.”

- JazzTimes Magazine – Nate Chinen  11/2003


“ …this conversation is a marvelous rediscovery.”

- Downbeat Magazine – Paul de Barros  8/2003


“The sum of the four tunes (witness the names given them!) make up the breathtaking whole.”

- – Jerry D’Souza 8/2003