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Max Roach Dies at 83


Bebop legend Max Roach died today of unspecified causes at the age of 83. He was widely considered one of the greatest drummers who ever lived, and his influence on the art form is inestimable. In his 60-plus-year career, he recorded with jazz luminaries like Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, and Sonny Rollins. Check out this clip of Roach from a legendary show which he performed, possibly owing to an airline mistake, with only a high hat and a pair of sticks.

Max Roach, a Founder of Modern Jazz, Dies at 83 [NYT]