Thursday, August 16, 2007

Max Roach, 1924-2007

I'm of the mind that America's greatest contributions to the history of art came in the years following WWII; in painting and in jazz.

Max Roach is on the very short list of musicians who not only played jazz at the highest level, but also originated and developed the vocabulary associated with be-bop. We lost a real giant today, one of the greatest American artists of the last century.

Here's his obit in the Times.