Maxwell Lenard Roach, 10 January 1924, New Land, North Carolina, USA, d. 16 August 2007, New York City, New Yok, USA. One of the most technically gifted musicians in the history of jazz, Roach was a major figure in the development of the music and his consistently high standard of performance never faltered.
Learning to play drums in his pre-teenage years, Roach later studied in New York and by 1942 was active in the bebop revolution. As a member of the house rhythm section at Monroes Uptown House and a regular at Mintons Playhouse, he backed all the leading practitioners of the new art. Along with Kenny Clarke he established a new drummers vocabulary, and his work with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie from this period demonstrates his inventiveness and masterly technique. In addition to playing bebop, the 40s also found him working in small and big bands led by such swing era veterans as Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter....
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