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I brought in a stack of Max Roach CDs today, everything from the early sides with Parker and the civil-rights thematic works to Birth and Rebirth .

Max RoachFellow drummer Stan Levey:

The way he broke things up between his hands and feet confused me at first. But I came to realize that, because of him, drumming was no longer just time, it was music.–Oxford Companion to Jazz

An amazing discussion of Roach and his recordings at Organissimo which actually began more than a week before his death.

The WKCR memorial broadcast continues.

Howard Mandel has posted his interview with Max at Jazz Beyond Jazz.

Marc Myers weighs in at JazzWax.

Do the Math‘s Ethan Iverson on Max’s late-1940s and early-1950s recordings.

Doug Ramsey remembers and reflects at Rifftides.

Keep an ear open for Destination Out now and in coming days.

Max accompanies Martin Luther King Jr.:

Max’s mid-1970s quartet:

Max salutes Jo Jones:

Previous Night Lights programs and posts in which Max figures–the double-quartet of the 1980s, the 1945 Town Hall concert with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, the We Insist! sides with Abbey Lincoln, Money Jungle with Mingus and Ellington, and a duet with Anthony Braxton. Of course that barely touches on what he did; the breadth of his discography is staggering. Like Miles Davis he was an important part of not just one, but several movements in jazz.

…I brought in a stack of Max Roach CDs today, everything from the early sides with Parker and the civil-rights thematic works to Birth and Rebirth with Braxton and the Mosaic set that covers his small-group Mercury sessions with Booker Little, Sonny Rollins, and others. Thousands of people around the world today are listening to this great man’s musical legacy… his art was a liberating force, and today it unites us.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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