Help
Skip to main content
Max Roach

Max Roach (Drums)

Born: 10th January 1924, New Land, North Carolina, USA

Died: 16th August 2007, Manhattan, New York, USA

Nationality: American

Maxwell Lemuel Roach was an American jazz drummer and composer. A pioneer of bebop, he worked in many other styles of music, and is generally considered one of the most important drummers in history. He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Abbey Lincoln, Dinah Washington, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, and Booker Little. He was inducted into the DownBeat Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.

Roach also co-led a pioneering quintet along with trumpeter Clifford Brown and the percussion ensemble M'Boom. He made numerous musical statements relating to the civil rights movement.

Further Reading: Max Roach

 Classic Recordings, Ellington, Mingus & Roach - Money Jungle

One of the most exciting trio recordings in jazz, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach's Money Jungle is the sound of three super-sized egos thrashing out their differences in the studio.

Popular Genres: Max Roach

Bebop

Big Band & Swing

Cool & West Coast

Free Jazz & Avant-Garde

Hard Bop

All Genres: Max Roach

Bebop

Big Band & Swing

Cool & West Coast

Free Jazz & Avant-Garde

Hard Bop

Modal & Post Bop

Vocal Jazz

Recent Best Sellers: Max Roach

  • Clifford Brown and Max Roach
    Download from $6.75
  • The Complete Birth Of The Cool
    Download from $10.75