Max Roach: Lover
Lover (mono version)
Max Roach (drums)
Jazz in 3/4 Time (Emarcy MG 36108)
Composed by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart.
Recorded: New York, March 21, 1957
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
Like Dave Brubeck's 1955 "Lover," this track sticks exclusively to waltz meter. These cats, however, are card-carrying hard boppers, so quaintness ain't an option. Roach formed this band after the previous year's premature death of his co-leader, Clifford Brown. Bop veteran Kenny Dorham wisely doesn't try to emulate Clifford, but rather asserts his own, somewhat prissy style opposite the perpetually priapic Sonny Rollins. Little-known pianist Billy Wallace impresses by soloing in octaves, while Max exerts his customary mastery. Whatever fool wrote (on this very website!) that drum solos should be seen and not heard has obviously never listened to Max Roach.
Reviewer: Alan Kurtz