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Format: CD
Sku: 60196430
UPC: 011105012225
UPC 14: 00011105012225
Release Date: 2/16/1993
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Garvey's Ghost - (with Abbey Lincoln) ~ Max Roach
2. Mama ~ Max Roach
3. Tender Warriors ~ Max Roach
4. Praise For A Martyr ~ Max Roach
5. Mendacity - (with Abbey Lincoln) ~ Max Roach
6. Man From South Africa ~ Max Roach

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producer: Max Roach.
Muze PNote Reissue producer: Michael Cuscuna.
Muze PNote Recorded in New York, New York in August 1961. Includes liner notes by Margo Guryan.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Paul Elmore.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Paul Elmore.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Margo Guryan.
Muze PNote Recording information: New York, NY (08/1961).
Muze PNote Photographers: Bob Gomel; Chuck Stewart.
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Abbey Lincoln
Muze Guest Artist Eric Dolphy
Muze Guest Artist Booker Little
Muze Guest Artist Clifford Jordan
Muze Guest Artist Mal Waldron

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.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Complete Cole Porter Songbooks
Muze Music Compilations The Notorious Bettie Page

Associated Artists and Works

Blakey, Art
Bridgewater, Cecil
Brown, Clifford
At Basin Street ~ Brown, Clifford
Brown & Roach Inc. ~ Brown, Clifford
Study In Brown ~ Brown, Clifford
Clifford Brown & Max Roach [Remaster] ~ Brown, Clifford
Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
At Basin Street ~ Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
Brown and Roach Incorporated ~ Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
Study in Brown ~ Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
Clifford Brown & Max Roach [Remaster] ~ Brown, Clifford (Jazz)
Sing, Sing, Sing ~ Buddy Rich Quintet
Candoli, Conte
Dorham, Kenny
Rollins Plays for Bird [Bonus Track] ~ Dorham, Kenny
Money Jungle [Expanded] [Remaster] ~ Ellington Edward Kennedy
Money Jungle [Expanded] [Remaster] ~ Ellington, Duke
Jazz at Massey Hall ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Jazz at Massey Hall [Remastered] ~ Gillespie, Dizzy
Ibrahim, Abdullah
Jones, Willie III (2~Drums)
Konitz, Lee
Krupa, Gene
Max Roach Quartet
Mingus, Charles
Monk, Thelonious
Jazz at Massey Hall ~ Parker, Charlie
Jazz at Massey Hall ~ Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Jazz at Massey Hall [Remastered] ~ Parker, Charlie (Sax)
Rich Versus Roach ~ Rich, Buddy
Terry, Clark

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/16/1993
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1961
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : AAGRD122
Music Label Name Label : Impulse!
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00011105012225

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..."

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