Sunday, September 9, 2007

to the Max

Max Roach was an exceptional jazz drummer. he passed away last month - and in the current issue of the Village Voice, which I read during my visit to the Creperie on 3rd ave. (turkey, provolone, salt and pepper - topped with some mozzarella shavings -- yum!), you will find a very thorough article about his life and craft .it recounts that max was part of some of the most influential bebop jazz groups, but also began composing his own works as his career continued. coincidently, his most renowned work is dedicated to a telling of the struggles of South Africa in the 60s during apatheid. It is titled "We Insist - Freedom Now!". It is incredibly well done. the above link will send you to itunes so you can listen for yourself. enjoy.

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