Let's take time to remember jazz great, drummer Max Roach who died at age 83, August 16, 2007.
His life spanned many generations and eras. A prodigy, virtuoso, composer, and activist, he often cited as a founder and leader of modern jazz. He collaborated and played with the company of greats -- Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Abbey Lincoln (at one time, his wife), Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Sonny Rollins.
Mr. Roach is credited with taking us through bebop to hard bop and beyond. A powerful provider of imagination and innovation throughout the ages, a phrase frequently used regarding Mr. Roach is "he rewrote the rules of drumming."