Max Roach

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This is the type of reissue that frustrates collectors. The double-LP (which came out in 1984) has two lengthy selections (a very fast version of "Move" and "What Is This Thing Called Love") from a familiar but exciting jam session featuring the trumpets of Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson and Clark Terry. In addition there are five selections from Roach's groups featuring such top players as trumpeters Kenny Dorham, Booker Little and Tommy Turrentine and tenors Sonny Rollins, George Coleman and Stanley Turrentine, among others. However the real reason to get this set is that there are also five previously unreleased selections; an alternate take of "The Blues Walk" with Clifford Brown has reappeared on CD, but the other four performances ("Love Letters," "Minor Trouble," "It Don't Mean a Thing" and "Tune Up") have not. All have Kenny Dorham and three also feature Sonny Rollins. Completists will be forced to duplicate some numbers in order to get all of Max Roach's important EmArcy recordings.