After the tragic deaths of trumpeter Clifford Brown and pianist Richie Powell in a car accident a few months earlier, drummer Max Roach regrouped with trumpeter Kenny Dorham and pianist Ray Bryant filling in unfillable holes. Tenor great Sonny Rollins and bassist George Morrow remained from the earlier band. Max Roach Plus Four finds Roach taking plenty of solo space, including almost all of "Dr. Free-Zee" and the climaxes of "Just One of Those Things" and "Woody 'n You." The horns have plenty of good spots, and other highlights of this worthy set include George Russell's "Ezz-thetic" and a warm rendition of "Body and Soul."
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow