Percussion Bitter Sweet CD (1993)

Artist: Max Roach

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Product Overview


Label Uni/impulse
SKU 60196430
UPC 011105012225
UPC 14 00011105012225
Format CD
Release Date 2/16/1993
Author Max Roach
Associated Artist/Work Blakey, Art
Associated Artist/Work Bridgewater, Cecil
Associated Artist/Work Brown, Clifford
Associated Artist/Work Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
Associated Artist/Work Buddy Rich Quintet
Associated Artist/Work Candoli, Conte
Associated Artist/Work Dorham, Kenny
Associated Artist/Work Ellington Edward Kennedy
Associated Artist/Work Ellington, Duke
Associated Artist/Work Gillespie, Dizzy
Associated Artist/Work Ibrahim, Abdullah
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Willie III (2~Drums)
Associated Artist/Work Konitz, Lee
Associated Artist/Work Krupa, Gene
Associated Artist/Work Max Roach Quartet
Associated Artist/Work Mingus, Charles
Associated Artist/Work Monk, Thelonious
Associated Artist/Work Parker, Charlie
Associated Artist/Work Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Associated Artist/Work Rich, Buddy
Associated Artist/Work Terry, Clark
Artist Influence Big Sid Catlett
Artist Influence Chick Webb (Drummer)
Artist Influence Duke Ellington
Artist Influence Fletcher Henderson
Artist Influence Jimmie Lunceford
Artist Influence Jo Jones (Drums)
Artist Influence Kenny Clarke
Artist Contemporary Alphonse Mouzon
Artist Contemporary Art Blakey
Artist Contemporary Big Sid Catlett
Artist Contemporary Billy Cobham
Artist Contemporary Billy Hart
Artist Contemporary Billy Higgins (Drums)
Artist Contemporary Booker Little
Artist Contemporary Buddy Rich
Artist Contemporary Cecil Payne
Artist Contemporary Cecil Taylor
Artist Contemporary Charles Mingus
Artist Contemporary Charlie Parker (Sax)
Artist Contemporary Charly Antolini
Artist Contemporary Clifford Brown (Jazz)
Artist Contemporary Dizzy Gillespie
Artist Contemporary Ed Blackwell
Artist Contemporary Elvin Jones
Artist Contemporary George Coleman
Artist Contemporary Harold Land
Artist Contemporary Jack DeJohnette
Artist Contemporary Jeff "Tain" Watts
Artist Contemporary Jerome Cooper
Artist Contemporary Jimmy Cobb (Drums)
Artist Contemporary Joe Chambers
Artist Contemporary Joey Baron
Artist Contemporary Kenny Clarke
Artist Contemporary Kenny Dorham
Artist Contemporary Lenny White
Artist Contemporary Marvin "Smitty" Smith
Artist Contemporary Miles Davis
Artist Contemporary Milford Graves
Artist Contemporary Nina Simone
Artist Contemporary Panama Francis
Artist Contemporary Peter Erskine
Artist Contemporary Philly Joe Jones
Artist Contemporary Sonny Rollins
Artist Contemporary Tony Williams (Drums)
Artist Contemporary Victor Lewis
Artist Follower Ben Riley
Artist Follower Billy Cobham
Artist Follower Billy Drummond
Artist Follower Billy Hart
Artist Follower Billy Higgins (Drums)
Artist Follower Elvin Jones
Artist Follower Jack DeJohnette
Artist Follower Jeff "Tain" Watts
Artist Follower Joey Baron
Artist Follower Lenny White
Artist Follower Peter Erskine
Artist Follower Philly Joe Jones
Artist Follower Shelly Manne
Artist Follower Stan Levey
Artist Follower Tony Williams (Drums)
Technical Info
CatalogID AAGRD122
Lable Name Impulse!
Released 02/16/1993
Original Release 1961
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 40m : 42s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00011105012225
Musical Guests
Abbey Lincoln
Eric Dolphy
Booker Little
Clifford Jordan
Mal Waldron
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Max Roach (drums); Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute); Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone); Booker Little (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Mal Waldron (piano); Art Davis (bass); Carlos Valdez (congas); Carlos Eugenio (cowbell).
Producer: Max Roach.
Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Recorded in New York, New York in August 1961. Includes liner notes by Margo Guryan.
Digitally remastered by Paul Elmore.
Personnel: Max Roach (drums); Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Eric Dolphy (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone); Clifford Jordan (tenor saxophone); Booker Little (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Mal Waldron (piano); Carlos "Patato" Valdes (congas); Carlos Eugenio (cowbells, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Paul Elmore.
Liner Note Author: Margo Guryan.
Recording information: New York, NY (08/1961).
Photographers: Bob Gomel; Chuck Stewart.
PERCUSSION BITTER SWEET is one of drummer/composer Max Roach's great musical-cultural statements, featuring wife Abbey Lincoln's powerful vocals on the tumultuous "Garvey's Ghost" (with its powerful Afro-Cuban percussive airs), and the prickly, straight shooting protest of "Mendacity." Roach's musical dream team band features several innovative players, such as the legendary reedman Eric Dolphy and the extraordinary young trumpeter Booker Little, both of whom died untimely deaths in the early '60s. Roach and bassist Art Davis redefine the jazz beat in their own image, a truly unique rhythm section, and their 7-beat swing on "Man From South Africa" inspires some of the best playing on the session--as vivid and modern sounding today as it was 30 years ago.
Artist Overview
One of the most technically gifted musicians in the history of jazz, Max Roach helped establish a new vocabulary for jazz drummers. A member of the house rhythm section at Monroe's in New York, Roach backed all the leading practitioners of the emerging bebop scene. In 1948 he participated in Miles Davis' seminal Birth of the Cool sessions before forming his own quintet with Clifford Brown. Later, Roach's work, most notably We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, reflected his own commitment to the civil rights movement. Throughout the '70s and '80s, Roach continued to associate with musicians of the avant garde, including Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor. In the '90s Roach was teaching at the University Of Massachusetts but continued to perform, including 1995's M'Boom with Ginger Baker and Tony Williams.
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (5/93, p.45) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...compositionally, Roach was surveying a new plateau....PERCUSSION BITTER SWEET is also an excellent soloist's forum, where topnotch work from Clifford Jordan, Julian Priester, and Mal Waldron is the base line..."
JazzTimes (5/93, p.62) - "...Max Roach was truly flexing his considerable muscles both as seminal percussionist and potent musical political of the strongest, most well-rounded ensembles he has ever recorded..."
Musician (5/93, p.92) - "...every Max flam is a blow against cultural subservience, each Dolphy squeal a taunt at repressive power of Roach's masterworks..."
Disc 1
1 Garvey's Ghost - (with Abbey Lincoln)
2 Mama
3 Tender Warriors
4 Praise For A Martyr
5 Mendacity - (with Abbey Lincoln)
6 Man From South Africa

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