Max Roach R.I.P. (1924-2007)

August 16, 2007: Blue Note Records reports that Max Roach, the legendary Jazz drummer, bebop founder, band leader and civil rights activist, died in his sleep last night in New York City. Along with drummer Kenny Clarke,” says Blue Note spokesman, Cem Kurosman, “Roach redifined the role of drums in Jazz during the bebop revolution of the late Forties and early Fifties, participating in many of the movement’s seminal recordings with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk. In the mid-Fifties, Roach co-led a quintet with Clifford Brown that was one of hard bop’s premeire bands up until the trumpeter’s untimely death in a car accident in 1956. Roach was 83 years old.”