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Max Roach – we insist!

Posted on: August 20, 2007

Max Roach died at the age of 83, after several years of illness, on August 16th. The New York Times published a good article about his career as a music barrier breaking jazz drummer. “We insist!” is my favourite Max Roach record, altough he did so much awesome records it is hard to say which one is better. This one was never commercial success, but it was one of the first jazz records which adressed racial and political issues actively (and maybe now Archie Shepp comes to your mind?). “We insist” received mixed reviews, but it gives you a good impression on the anger and desperation of the black community in the United States in the 60ties and their struggle to gain equal rights. Abbey Lincoln, his later wife, appeared on some of the songs and interpreted the polemical lyrics in wonderful ways.

About himself Max Roach said 1990:

“You can’t write the same book twice. Though I’ve been in historic musical situations, I can’t go back and do that again. And though I run into artistic crises, they keep my life interesting.”

Freedom Now Suite.


2 Responses to "Max Roach – we insist!"

That’s what i talking abut!! nice good music here!…..greetings from brazil!

[…] in music education from the Manhattan School of Music. Honing his craft playing with Art Blakey, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, among others, he recorded for Prestige from 1956 until signing […]

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