Max Roach Quiet as It's Kept
- Released: September 23, 2011
- Label: Essential Jazz Class
Description by OLDIES.com:
The complete original album Quiet as It's Kept. As a bonus, Parisian Sketches, a studio LP taped in France the following year, also in its entirety. Both albums present the exact same quintet, featuring Roach with Tommy and Stanley Turrentine, Julian Priester, and bassist Bob Boswell.
- 1.Quiet As It's Kept
- 2.To Lady
- 3.Lotus Blossom
- 4.As Long As You're Living
- 5.The More I See You
- 7.Parisian Sketches - The Tower / The Champs / The Caves / The Left Bank / The Arch
- 9.Petit Dejeuner
- 10.Un Noveau Complet
Personnel: Max Roach (drums); Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Bob Boswell (bass).
Recorded at Capitol Studios, NYC, July 21, 1959.
This is an interesting 1959 date with Max Roach leading a piano-less quintet. The airy voicings for the horns, which include the Turrentine brothers (Tommy on trumpet and Stanley, of course, on tenor saxophone) and Julian Priester on trombone, approach a West Coast cool jazz-like texture, the kind of jazz abstractions which have worn very well over the years. "To Lady" is the most formally pleasing of these charts but the group gets to stretch out in hard bop style on "Lotus Blossom." All in all, an intriguing session before Roach committed himself to the even more politically oriented aesthetic in his later music.
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