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17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Max Roach. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Max Roach, often where they are interviewed.

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17 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Max Roach. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Max Roach, often where they are interviewed.

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3. Sarah Winchester and Max Roach

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In this episode we continue exploring Woodlawn Cemetery and learn about Jazz drummer Max Roach.  We also head over to New Haven CT to see the Winchester plot and discuss Sarah Winchester and her mystery house.   Enjoy!!

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Aug 13 2020 · 41mins
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Max Roach - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting Jazz Podcast

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To make up for missing putting out an episode last week, I made an extra long episode this week about the incredible drummer Max Roach.

Max Roach was at the forefront of jazz from the beginning his career in the 1940s to the end of his life, and played in a wide variety of styles.  This episode focuses mostly on his music in the late 50s and early 60s, with a little from before and after.

Playlist here:

https://wednesdaynightprayermeeting.wordpress.com/2020/04/02/max-roach-wednesday-night-prayer-meeting-jazz-podcast-playlist/

Questions? Comments? Requests? send me an e-mail at wnpmpod@gmail.com or call the show's voicemail box at (424) 704-1666

Also, I just set up a Twitter account for the show: @wednesday_jazz

Apr 02 2020 · 1hr 30mins

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Drum Master Max Roach: "Speak Brother, Speak!

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Drummer Max Roach's quartet was recorded at The legendary Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in October of 1962. Two long selections are heard on this album which was Roach's last before he was boycotted for three years by all the record companies for his militant stance and the politics of his music. He resumed recording in 1965 with Atlantic Records. Mr. Roach leads a power quartet here with the great Clifford Jordan on tenor saxophone, Mal Waldron on piano, Eddie Khan on bass. Each player gets on his soapbox and "speaks his piece" on "Speak Brother Speak!" . The other tune is called "A Variation" and it's an extended piece based on Heitor Villa-Lobos' "Prelude" once again extended solos are on the menu. Inspired, militant and powerful music abounds!
Feb 11 2020 · 3hr 32mins

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Drummer/Bandleader Max Roach: "Quiet As It's Kept".

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Max Roach is acknowledged to be one of the great Modern Jazz drummers and a pioneer of this music. He really needs no introduction and he has led many important and ground breaking bands throughout his long career. He first began leading a band in 1953 and continued with various aggregations until his death. This band was unique in that it contained three excellent players from Pittsburg. The Turrentine Brothers: Stanley and Tommy. Stanley went on to become one of the most influential and easily identifiable tenor saxophonists in Jazz. Brother Tommy was an excellent trumpeter with an original style and a big burnished sound. His career wasn't as successful as Stanley's and Tommy faded from the scene in the late 60's. Bassist Bobby Boswell was a Pittsburger and a fine strong bassist who held this band together as Max Roach had dispensed with the piano. The third horn was Julian Priester in fine form on trombone. He had just left Sun Ra to join Roach. This band had a very identifiable sound. The tunes are by Tommy Turrentine, Leon Mitchell, Bill Lee, Kenny Dorham and Julian Priester and there is one standard tune in the 6 that make up this album. Quiet As It's Kept is one fine date and was done in New York in January of 1960.
Jul 16 2019 · 3hr 28mins
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Drum Master Max Roach and His Ensemble: "Percussion Bitter Sweet"

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As we honour Black History Month, we present another of drummer Max Roach's albums that reflect not only his concern with innovative music but his political stance on justice, equality and civil rights. Roach radically changed his approach to music in the volatile climate of the USA in the early 1960's. Has it really changed much? Mr. Roach and his Ensemble and 6 of his compositions grace this album, his first for Impulse Records. It was called "Percussion Bitter Sweet". Roach's Ensemble consists of trumpeter Booker Little, trombonist Julian Priester, the amazing Eric Dolphy on flute/bass clarinet and alto saxophone, Clifford Jordan on tenor saxophone, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Davis on bass, Carlos "Patato" Valdes on conga drums and Carlos "Totico" Eugenio on percussion and timbales. Vocalist Abbey Lincoln appears on the first two compositions...wordless on the first called "Garvey's Ghost" and with words by Mr. Roach on "Mendacity". Check out Max roach and his music tonight as our tribute to Black History Month.
Feb 26 2019 · 3hr 37mins
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Drummer/Composer Max Roach: "The Freedom Now Suite"

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Drummer Max Roach was a Jazz great and one of the pioneers of Modern Jazz. His history is easily available on the internet but tonight's Jazz Feature is a tribute to Black History Month. This album was issued on a small independent label was a musical turning point for Mr. Roach. It reflected his musical philosophy that his music be socially relevant and express his concern for equality and civil rights. It featured Max's Ensemble augmented with some percussionists and with Max's then girlfriend, singer Abbey Lincoln doing the vocals. Mr. Roach wrote all the music and the words were written by poet/singer/ philosopher, Oscar Brown Jr. Guest artist, tenor saxophone great Coleman Hawkins makes an emotional appearance on the first track called "Driva Man" . The rest follows. The Freedom Now Suite occupies an important place in the music of Max Roach and of Black History. Experience it now!
Feb 05 2019 · 3hr 30mins
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Jazz Beat - Max Roach

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In the latest episode of Jazz Beat, Tom Reney celebrates the legacy of the jazz great Max Roach, and recalls the personal influence the drummer had on his life. Our podcast includes excerpts from Max's recordings with Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln, and Stanley Turrentine, and selections from a solo concert by Max that Tom produced in 1979.
Jan 11 2018 · 21mins
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Reminiscing With Max Roach

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One of the pioneers of bebop, Max Roach spent decades creating innovative jazz.  Though he started out playing piano, Max moved over to drums at the age of ten, and at sixteen he filled in with The Duke Ellington Orchestra at the famous Paramount Theater!  He was a composer as well as a musician, a college professor and recipient of many honors and awards.  While he was also comfortable working with other musical styles, Max Roach’s first love was always jazz and he is generally considered among the most important drummers in history.

Reminiscing With Max Roach

by Fred Masey | Podcast #010

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Sep 02 2017 ·
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Drummer and Jazz Pioneer Max Roach: "Speak Brother, Speak!"

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This album was recorded at the legendary Jazz Workshop in the North Beach area of San Francisco in October of 1962. In 1959 Max Roach declared that his music would from that time on reflect not only his musical stance but his political stance as regards civil rights for his people of African-American heritage. After this recording, Mr. Roach was boycotted by many booking agents and the record companies of the day. He did not resume recording until he signed with Atlantic Records in 1965. This album brings his working band to the fore and unfortunately doesn't include his wife, vocalist Abbey Lincoln but it is all about his powerhouse quartet with included tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, pianist Mal Waldron and bassist Eddie Khan and of course Mr. Roach. Two long pieces are included on this recording and both are in the form of a suite designed to feature everyone in the band extensively.. "Speak Brother, Speak!" is the first long suite based in the blues and the second piece entitled "A Variation" based on a theme by Heitor Villa-Lobos is another foray into a minor key. Both are so effective and moving. "Speak Brother, Speak!" speaks to us all so listen up!
Oct 04 2016 · 3hr 29mins
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Drummer/composer Max Roach: "Percussion: Bitter Sweet"

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Drummer/composer and Modern Jazz pioneer Max Roach did two wonderful albums for the Impulse label and as second tribute to Black History Month we present the first of these two recordings called "Percussion: Bitter Sweet". As is common knowledge, Max Roach's music became more political in about 1959 when he stated that he would never play or record anything that didn't have political or social significance as regards the African-American and civil rights. Max Roach's Ensemble consists of his then wife Abbey Lincoln on vocal on the first two tunes. The instrumentalists are trumpeter Booker Little, tenor saxophonist Clifford Jordan, trombonist Julian Priester, and Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone, flute and bass clarinet, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Davis on bass and where heard percussionist Carlos "Patato" Valdes (conga drum) and Carlos "Totico" Eugenio (percussion and timbales). There are six compositions on the record and the music is militant, powerful and inspired. Percussion: Bitter Sweet is a classic.
Feb 09 2016 · 3hr 39mins
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