Max Roach

Long March, Pt. 2

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Max Roach began to use his records as an arena for public awareness of social and political issues during the 1960s. Both PART 1 and PART 2 of Roach's 1990 collaboration with tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp include compositions that reflect this approach.

PART 2 begins with a long drum solo entitled "TRIPTYCH." Roach's conceptual framework is still firmly rooted in melodic, motif-heavy musical phrases. The highlight here is the 20-minute Roach composition "South Africa Goddam." With political overtones, it delves into the tangled and knotty atonal depths of the avant-garde. Throughout the set, Roach's freewheeling percussion gives the improvisations their required forward momentum.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Archie Shepp
07:26
2
feat: Archie Shepp
05:35
3
feat: Archie Shepp
20:09
4
feat: Archie Shepp
09:38
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