Pioneering bop percussionist who merged a taste for formalism with a constant search for spontaneity.
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
In Paris 1952 In Paris Vogue / RCA
 
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Jazz at Massey Hall 1953 Jazz at Massey Hall Original Jazz Classics / Universal Classics & Jazz
 
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The Max Roach Quartet, Featuring Hank Mobley 1953 The Max Roach Quartet, Featuring Hank Mobley Original Jazz Classics / Debut / OJC
 
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Max Roach and Clifford Brown, Vol. 1 1954 Max Roach and Clifford Brown, Vol. 1 GNP
 
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Max Roach and Clifford Brown, Vol. 2 1954 Max Roach and Clifford Brown, Vol. 2 GNP
 
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Clifford Brown & Max Roach 1954 Clifford Brown & Max Roach Verve / Emarcy / Universal
 
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Brown and Roach Incorporated 1954 Brown and Roach Incorporated PSM / Verve
 
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Study in Brown 1955 Study in Brown Emarcy / IMS / PolyGram / Universal / Verve
 
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Max Roach Plus Four 1956 Max Roach Plus Four Emarcy / Verve
 
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At Basin Street 1956 At Basin Street Verve / Decca / Universal
 
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The Best of Max Roach and Clifford Brown in Concert 1956 The Best of Max Roach and Clifford Brown in Concert GNP / Crescendo
 
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More Study in Brown 1956 More Study in Brown Emarcy / Polygram
 
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Drummin' the Blues 1957 Drummin' the Blues Liberty
 
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Jazz in 3/4 Time 1957 Jazz in 3/4 Time Mercury
 
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Max 1958 Max Chess / GRP
 
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Max Roach Plus Four On the Chicago Scene 1958 Max Roach Plus Four On the Chicago Scene Emarcy / Mercury
 
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Max Roach with the Boston Percussion Ensemble 1958 Max Roach with the Boston Percussion Ensemble Emarcy
 
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Deeds, Not Words 1958 Deeds, Not Words Concord / Original Jazz Classics
 
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Max Roach + 4 at Newport 1958 Max Roach + 4 at Newport Emarcy
 
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The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker 1958 The Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker Universal Distribution / Mercury
 
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Newport (1958) 1958 Newport (1958) Verve Reissues
 
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Rich Versus Roach 1959 Rich Versus Roach Verve / Mercury
 
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The Many Sides of Max 1959 The Many Sides of Max Universal Distribution
 
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Award-Winning Drummer 1959 Award-Winning Drummer STEREO TIM
 
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Max Roach [Bainbridge] 1959 Max Roach [Bainbridge] Bainbridge
 
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Standard Time 1959 Standard Time Emarcy
 
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Long As You're Living 1960 Long As You're Living Enja
 
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Jazz in Paris: Parisian Sketches 1960 Jazz in Paris: Parisian Sketches Universal Distribution
 
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Moon-Faced and Starry-Eyed 1960 Moon-Faced and Starry-Eyed
 
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Drum Conversation 1960 Drum Conversation Enja
 
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Max Roach and Friends, Vol. 1 1960 Max Roach and Friends, Vol. 1 Jazz View
 
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Newport Rebels 1960 Newport Rebels Candid
 
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Quiet as It's Kept 1960 Quiet as It's Kept Universal / Verve / Verve Reissues
 
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We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite 1961 We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite Candid
 
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Percussion Bitter Sweet 1961 Percussion Bitter Sweet Impulse!
 
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Max Roach and Friends, Vol. 2 1961 Max Roach and Friends, Vol. 2 Capitol
 
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Speak, Brother, Speak! 1962 Speak, Brother, Speak! Original Jazz Classics / Fantasy
 
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It's Time 1962 It's Time Impulse!
 
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Money Jungle 1963 Money Jungle Blue Note
 
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Live in Europe: Freedom Now Suite 1964 Live in Europe: Freedom Now Suite magnetic
 
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The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan 1965 The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan Atlantic & Atco Remasters / Atlantic
 
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Drums Unlimited 1966 Drums Unlimited Atlantic / Rhino
 
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Members, Don't Git Weary 1968 Members, Don't Git Weary Koch Jazz / Koch
 
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Lift Every Voice and Sing 1971 Lift Every Voice and Sing Koch Jazz / Koch
 
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Force: Sweet Mao - Suid Africa '76 1976 Force: Sweet Mao - Suid Africa '76 BASF
 
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Live in Tokyo 1977 Live in Tokyo Denon Records
 
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The Loadstar 1977 The Loadstar Horo
 
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Streams of Consciousness 1977 Streams of Consciousness Piadrum Records
 
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Birth & Rebirth 1978 Birth & Rebirth Black Saint
 
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The Long March, Part 1 1979 The Long March, Part 1 Hat Hut Records / Document
 
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Long March, Pt. 2 1979 Long March, Pt. 2 Harmonia Mundi
 
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One in Two, Two in One 1979 One in Two, Two in One Hatology
 
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Pictures in a Frame 1979 Pictures in a Frame Soul Note (Italy)
 
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M'Boom 1979 M'Boom Legacy / Columbia
 
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The Long March 1979 The Long March Hat Hut Records / Hatology
 
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Again 1980 Again Get Back Records
 
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M'Boom Re: Percussion 1980 M'Boom Re: Percussion Columbia
 
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Conversation 1981 Conversation
 
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Chattahoochee Red 1981 Chattahoochee Red Columbia
 
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Swish 1982 Swish Orchard
 
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In the Light 1982 In the Light Soul Note (Italy) / Soul Note
 
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Live at Vielharmonie Munich 1983 Live at Vielharmonie Munich Soul Note (Italy) / Soul Note
 
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Scott Free 1984 Scott Free Soul Note (Italy)
 
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Jazzbuhne Berlin '84 1984 Jazzbuhne Berlin '84 Repertoire
 
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Collage 1984 Collage Soul Note (Italy)
 
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It's Christmas Again 1984 It's Christmas Again Soul Note (Italy)
 
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Survivors 1984 Survivors Soul Note (Italy)
 
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Easy Winners 1985 Easy Winners Soul Note (Italy)
 
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Plus Four and More 1985 Plus Four and More Emarcy
 
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Bright Moments 1987 Bright Moments Soul Note (Italy)
 
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Max + Dizzy, Paris 1989 1989 Max + Dizzy, Paris 1989 A&M
 
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To the Max! 1991 To the Max! Mesa / Bluemoon
 
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Explorations...To the Mth Degree 1995 Explorations...To the Mth Degree Slam
 
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Max Roach with the New Orchestra of Boston and the So What Brass Quintet 1995 Max Roach with the New Orchestra of Boston and the So What Brass Quintet Blue Note
 
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Festival Journey 1996 Festival Journey Toshiba EMI
 
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Friendship 2002 Friendship Columbia
 
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