Thursday, August 16, 2007

In Memorium, Max Roach

'Not content to expand on the musical territory he had already become known for, Roach spent the decades of the 1980s and 1990s continually finding new ways to express his musical ideas. In the early 1980s, Roach surprised his fans by performing in a hip hop concert, featuring the artist-rapper Fab Five Freddy and the New York Break Dancers. He expressed the insight that there was a strong kinship between the outpouring of expression of these young black artists and the jazz art he had pursued all his life.'

Photo credit: (c) Tasic Dragan. All rights reserved. With thanks.


Blogger JW said...

Nice post on Max Roach. I was first violin on his first Double Quartet cd. He surprised and amazed with his willingness to experiment with blending what had formerly been seen as two disparate and distinct ensembles. He was one of the greats, and he will be missed.

8:18 PM  
Blogger Garth Trinkl said...

Thanks, jw. I'll keep an eye out for that CD.

6:11 AM  

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