Clifford Brown & Max Roach: Cherokee




Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet


Study in Brown (EmArcy MG 36037)

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Clifford Brown (trumpet), Max Roach (drums), Harold Land (tenor sax), Richie Powell (piano), George Morrow (bass).

Recorded: Capitol Studio, New York City, February 25, 1955


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

The clarity of ideas and ease of execution of Max Roach’s playing warrant his reputation as one of jazz’s most influential drummers. Taking Jo Jones’ and Kenny Clarke’s landmark transitions a step forward, Max blurred barlines, interacted with soloists, and added deceptively complex ideas and polyrhythms to the bebop drummer’s vocabulary -- and all with impeccable cleanliness. After years of landmark recordings and performances with Bird and Diz, Max’s two-year partnership with Clifford Brown marked one of the essential collaborations in jazz. Max’s drum solo on “Cherokee” brilliantly represents the idea of a melodically constructed drum solo with a beginning, middle and end.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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