Thursday, August 16, 2007

Mr. MR

Max Roach, a man I consider one of the greatest drummers of all time passed away today.

When I was a 17 year old I went to see him play at the Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, I was going thru a fierce bebop phase during that period.

At the end of his set I nevously went up to him to tell him how much the show had meant to me, he said thanks and he shook my hand.

I was hoping that by shaking his hand some of his drum genius would rub off on me...but unfortunately I proved too toxic and any hints of genius were destroyed by bad rhythm and stiff 4/4 timing.

Be sure to check out his work with Clifford Brown, some of my most favorite jazz records.

Max Roach with Abbey Lincoln


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