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Maxwell Lemuel Roach is a percussionist, drummer, and jazz composer. He has worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Sonny Rollins. He is widely considered to be one of the most important drummers in the history of jazz.

Roach was born in Newland, North Carolina, to Alphonse and Cressie Roach; his family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was 4 years old. He grew up in a musical context, his mother being a gospel singer, and he started to play bugle in parade orchestras at a young age. At the age of 10, he was already playing drums in some gospel bands. He performed his first big-time gig in New York City at the age of sixteen, substituting for Sonny Greer in a performance with the Duke Ellington Orchestra. In 1942, Roach started to go out in the jazz clubs of the 52nd Street and at 78th Street & Broadway for Georgie Jay's Taproom (playing with schoolmate Cecil Payne)

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Article: Album Review

Hasaan Ibn Ali: Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album

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The hard bop, Philadelphia pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali had a short, troubled life. On what was believed his only recording, The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan (Atlantic, 1965), the drummer placed Ali's full image front and center, his name in a larger font on the LP cover. Within the Philadelphia jazz community, he was ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 2: Royal Hartigan

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Drums of Life—Drums of DeathThe ruins of the Anasazi people stand undisturbed in the cliffs between the high mesas and the canyon floors of the southwest. Dating to 2500 B.C., the multi-story adobe pueblos and stone cities were the sites of the ancient indigenous peoples of North America. Archeologists have uncovered an assortment of percussion instruments ...

Article: Album Review

Cecil Taylor: Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited

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La pubblicazione di Mixed To Unit Structures, nella meritevole collana Revisited Series della Ezz-thetics, sotto-etichetta della svizzera Hat Hut, riunisce due date di registrazione importanti nella vicenda di Cecil Taylor, distribuite tra l'ottobre 1961 e il maggio 1966. La prima, composta dai tre brani “Pots," “Bulbs" e “Mixed," era stata pubblicata dall'etichetta Impulse! nel disco Into ...

Article: Profile

La Jazz Poetry di Jayne Cortez

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Articolo originariamente pubblicato nel marzo 2003 e ora riproposto in occasione del mese dedicato al contributo femminile al jazz Per la sua spiccata componente di oralità, la Jazz Poetry è probabilmente l'espressione che meglio di altre connota—insieme al jazz stesso—l'esperienza artistica afroamericana del '900, in quanto trait d'union fra improvvisazione e composizione scritta.

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Article: Interview

Logan Richardson: To Boldly Go Where No Jazz Has Gone Before

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In a 2016 interview, jny: Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Logan Richardson said: “Jazz will constantly change because there's constantly a new us, new times. There will always be a fight from the conformists--but they don't represent where the tradition is coming from." Richardson was talking not long after the release of his adventurous Blue Note album, ...

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Article: Interview

Francesca Remigi: impegno sociale, innovazione e crescita

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Il primo disco della batterista e compositrice Francesca Remigi, Il labirinto dei topi, realizzato insieme al gruppo Archipélagos è un progetto complesso e importante, in cui si osserva la società e si esprimono le sue profonde contraddizioni. La batterista di Bergamo ci fa ascoltare il deterioramento delle logiche capitalistiche, lo sfaldamento del sistema sociale e culturale ...

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Article: Album Review

Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley: ...Being Astral And All Registers - Power Of Two...

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The late free jazz icon Cecil Taylor was thought to have only recorded two duo albums in his career. One was Embraced (Pablo, 1977) with Mary Lou Williams, the other, Historic Concerts (Soul Note, 1984) with Max Roach. Both were underwhelming mismatches, with Taylor overpowering his partners. In 2020, drummer Tony Oxley found two live Taylor-Oxley ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Straight Ahead: il canto di protesta di Abbey Lincoln dal 1957 al 1961

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La lettura di un libro sull'Africa, l'intuizione del manager, e la frequentazione di artisti impegnati nella rivendicazione dei diritti civili determinarono il cambio di passo nello status artistico di Anna Maria Woolridge, tra il 1956 e il 1961. Cantante nei night club californiani con lo pseudonimo di Gaby Lee, era una artista di varietà quando decise ...

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Article: Under the Radar

A Different Drummer, Part 1: Mark Lomax II and Mauricio Takara

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The drum is an instrument of power and presence. It is the heartbeat of music but with uncertain origins. In Africa, China, and Turkey, archeologists have found evidence to suggest that any of those regions may have been the forebearers of the beat, of the definitive expression of freedom. Data concludes that instrumental music is at ...


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