Date: Aug 20th, 2007 · Tags: Jazz Artist Review

Max Roach, one of the most celebrated and influential drummers in the history of jazz, died early on Aug. 16 in New York City. The cause of death was not disclosed but Roach, who was 83, was reported to have died in his sleep following a long illness.

Max Roach at the Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival at Columbia University in 2000.

Roach, along with drummer Kenny Clarke, is often credited with developing the signature rhythmic pulse of bebop during the late 1940s and early ’50s. His associations with innovators such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie gave Roach an opening to hone a polyrhythmic ride cymbal- and snare-centered style that allowed for more rhythmic freedom than was previously available to jazz drummers.

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