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Max Roach

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November 15, 2007 Hear a concert from the late, great drum master, recorded by JazzSet in 1987.

Studio Sessions

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February 22, 2008 The legendary drummer was an innovator and co-creator of what became known as bebop.

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Interviews & Profiles

Max Roach, ca. Oct. 1947.

August 16, 2007 Drummer Max Roach was one of the most innovative and influential musicians in jazz.

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Discover Songs

The cover of Clifford Brown and Max Roach

August 1, 2001 One of the founders of jazz "be-bop" style, Roach also revolutionized jazz.

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Reviews

The cover of Jazz at Massey Hall

August 1, 2001 The album documents Jimmy Carter singing, as well as rare moments when jazz legends record together.

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The cover of Clifford Brown and Max Roach

August 1, 2001 One of the founders of jazz "be-bop" style, Roach also revolutionized jazz.

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The cover of Relaxed Piano Moods

August 1, 2001 Pianist Hazel Scott was one of the few artists who successfully integrated jazz and classical music.

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More Stories

Max Roach in 1947.

January 10, 2012 The late jazz pioneer's mission was to make drumming a more musical, lyrical experience.

Dr. Martin Luther  King Jr. sees off a group of Freedom Riders as they board a bus for Jackson, Miss., on May 24, 1961.

May 4, 2011 The dream of social justice resulted in one of the most creative periods in jazz history.

spring flowers

March 25, 2008 Springtime brings a spirit of renewal, as well as a bunch of jazz tunes with the season in mind.

Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Charles Mingus on the cover of Money Jungle.

September 2, 2008 In the world of jazz, September sessions have produced some special recordings.

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Gillian Welch

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

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Arcade Fire

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Money Jungle

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We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite

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Clifford Brown and Max Roach

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Jazz at Massey Hall

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