MAX ROACH

WRITTEN BY
Kory Grow

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As the rhythm-keeper for jazz luminaries like Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and more, drummer Max Roach became a luminary along with them, as he helped pioneer the bebop techniques (like emphasizing the ride cymbal) that most people associate with jazz. Never one to shy away from new things, this member of the "A-Team of Bebop" (Quincy Jones' words) and civil rights activist also played concerts with hip-hop artists and wrote for theater.

Geologist: A couple years ago, Noah was like, "I'm really getting into putting jazz on while I clean the kitchen." We were aware of a lot of free jazz in the early days and if you listen to a lot of the earlier Animal Collective records there was a lot of jazz drumming influences.

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