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Milestones Of A Jazz Legend

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Milestones Of A Jazz Legend
Milestones Of A Jazz Legend


The American drummer and bandleader Max Roach (1924-2007) was one of the most innovative musicians of Modern Jazz. Together with his colleagues Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey he revolutionized the art of drumming in the 1940s and played with all of the pioneers of Bebop: Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and many others. He also graduated in composition and music theory from the Manhattan School of Music.

He participated in the recording of "Birth of the Cool" with Miles Davis and in 1952 founded "Debut" with bassist Charles Mingus, probably the first independent record label founded by musicians. The Clifford Brown-Max Roach quintet, especially when Sonny Rollins took over the tenor part, was one of the most important bands of the 1950s. After Brown's death in an accident, Roach founded a new ensemble with the Turrentine Brothers, whose quality is demonstrated on the albums "Parisian Sketches" and "Quiet As It's Kept", which can also be found on this box-set.

Roach was also a great talent scout, and among the greats he discovered were trumpeter Booker Little and singer Abbey Lincoln, both of whom can be heard on the album "We Insist! Freedom Now Suite", an important artistic statement, originally planned with Oscar Brown Jr. as something like a Jazz soundtrack to the (black) civil rights movement in the US. Roach was one of the most politically active jazz musicians and expressed this in his concept albums and titles again and again.


  1. Name
  2. Delilah
  3. Parisian Thoroughfare
  4. The Blues Walk
  5. Daahoud
  6. Joy Spring
  7. Jordu
  8. What Am I Here For?
  9. Cherokee
  10. Jacqui
  11. Swingin'
  12. Lands End
  13. Georgeïs Dilemma
  14. Sandu
  15. Gerkin for Perkin
  16. If I Love Again
  17. Take the 'A' Train
  18. Blues Waltz
  19. Valse Hot
  20. I'll Take Romance
  21. Little Folks
  22. Lover
  23. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  24. What Is This Thing Called Love?
  25. Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing
  26. I'll Remember April
  27. Powellïs Prances
  28. Time
  29. The Scene Is Clean
  30. Gertrudeïs Bounce
  31. Ezz-Thetic
  32. Dr. Free-Zee
  33. Just One of Those Things
  34. Mr X.
  35. Body And Soul
  36. Woody 'N You
  37. Shirley
  38. My Old Flame
  39. Sporty
  40. Stella By Starlight
  41. Stompin' At the Savoy
  42. Memo To Maurice
  43. La Villa
  44. A Night in Tunisia
  45. Tune-Up
  46. Minor Mode
  47. Love for Sale
  48. Crackle Hut
  49. Speculate
  50. That Ole Devil Love
  51. Audio Blues
  52. C.M.
  53. Four-X
  54. You Stepped Out of a Dream
  55. Filid
  56. Itïs You Or No One
  57. Jodieïs Cha-Cha
  58. Deeds, Not Words
  59. Larry-Larue
  60. Conversation
  61. You're Mine, You
  62. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  63. Wild Is the Wind
  64. Speak Low
  65. I Concentrate On You
  66. Moon Faced, Starry Eyed
  67. Never Let Me Go
  68. Namely You
  69. Never Leave Me
  70. Tuba De Nod
  71. Milano
  72. Variations On the Scene
  73. Pies of Quincy
  74. Old Folks
  75. Sadiga
  76. Gandolfoïs Bounce
  77. Quiet as Itïs Kept
  78. To Lady
  79. Lotus Blossom
  80. As Long as You're Living
  81. The More I See You
  82. Juliano
  83. Strong Man
  84. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
  85. My Man
  86. Tender as a Rose
  87. Thatïs Him
  88. I Must Have That Man!
  89. Porgy
  90. When a Woman Loves a Man
  91. Don't Explain
  92. Parisian Sketches: the Tower/The Champs/The Caves/The Left Bank/The Arch
  93. Nica
  94. Petit Djeuner
  95. Un Nouveau Complet
  96. Liberte
  97. Garveyïs Ghost
  98. Mama
  99. Tender Warriors
  100. Praise for a Martyr
  101. Mendacity
  102. Man From South Africa
  103. Driva Man
  104. Freedom Day
  105. Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace
  106. All Africa
  107. Tears for Johannesburg
  108. Itïs Time
  109. Another Valley
  110. Sunday Afternoon
  111. Living Room
  112. The Profit
  113. Lonesome Lover
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