Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer.
A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history.He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little. He was inducted into the Down Beat Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.
Roach also led his own groups, and made numerous musical statements relating to the African-American civil rights movement.
Max Roach died in the early morning of August 16, 2007, in Manhattan.
Stan Levey (April 5, 1926 – April 19, 2005) was an American jazz drummer.
Born in Philadelphia, Levey is considered one of the earliest bebop drummers, one of the very few white drummers involved in the formative years of bebop. He played in Philadelphia with Dizzy Gillespie's group in 1942, at the age of 16. Soon after he went to New York City, where he and Dizzy worked on 52nd Street with Charlie Parker and Oscar Pettiford.
After his tenure with the Stan Kenton Orchestra he moved to the West Coast in 1954, joining Howard Rumsey and the Lighthouse All-Stars, and was a major influence in West Coast jazz. Though "cool" jazz was common on the West Coast, Levey's crisp, melodic style continued to have more in common with bop than cool, and he inspired every group he ever played in. A left-handed drummer, Levey has played on over thousands of recordings, including those with musicians Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and with bands such as that of Quincy Jones, and Skitch Henderson and The Tonight Show Band.
Levey retired from the music business in 1973 to become a professional photographer. He died at age 79, two months after surgery for cancer of the jaw, in Van Nuys, California.
01.Facts About Max (Marty Paich)...(00:00)
02.Milano Blues (Bob Cooper)...(04:47)
03.Swingin' The Blues (C.Basie/E.Durham)...(09:46)
04.Breadline Blues (Dick Shreve)...(13:37)
05.Bye Bye Blues (D.Bennett/C.Gray/F.Hamm/B. Lown)...(18:16)
06.Blues In The Night (H.Arlen/J.Mercer)...(22:27)
07.Royal Garden Blues (C.Williams/S.Williams)...(27:52)
08.The ''Count's'' Blues (Conte Candoli)...(31:44)
1.Max Roach (tr.1,3,6,8) - drums
2.Stan Levey (tr.2,4,5,7) - drums
3.Dick Shreve - piano
4.Bill Perkins - tenor sax.
5.Bob Cooper (tr.2,4,5,7) - tenor sax.
6.Frank Rosolino - trombone
7.Conte Candoli - trumpet
8.Howard Rumsey - bass
Recorded: Los Angeles,CA; March, 1957