In sad news, great jazz percussionist Max Roach passed away yesterday at the age of 83. He'd been sick for some time according to reports and died on Wednesday in a Manhattan hospital. Roach was one of the well noted innovators of bebop jazz and worked with everyone from Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker to Fab Five Freddy decades later. Most of his contemporaries considered Roach to be peerless when it came to drumming, and if you've ever listened to his recordings with Coleman Hawkins or Charles Mingus or countless other jazz masters, you could hear it for yourselves.
And if you've never seen or heard his music, here's just a taste of the genius that was, and always will be, the immortal, Max Roach --Jonathan Cunningham
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