Max Roach & Strings

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Max Roach was in a really interesting place in the early 1980s. A pathbreaking and impossibly influential drummer from the moment he emerged on the bebop scene in the 1940s, his landmark mid-1950s recordings with Clifford Brown, and his politically charged albums of the early to mid-1960s, revealed him to be a ferociously talented composer and conceptualist as well as a master of the kit. In the 1970s, he formed a quartet with trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, saxophonist Billy Harper, and bassist Reggie Workman that recorded a few live albums composed of radically extended pieces, sometimes taking up both sides of an LP. He also performed in duo with Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, and Archie Shepp, and formed the percussion orchestra M’Boom.

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