Re: Max Roach
I think we had another Max Roach thread that was tragically deleted by accident or something.
Anyway, I'm in complete agreement. Max was a huge influence on me. I don't think there's ever been a better soloist on drum set. His musical phrasing and melodic approach really set the bar high for jazz drummers. I still have to fight the urge to copy Max too much.
I have heard the Bruford version of The Drum Also Waltzes, and yeah, I do like it. We actually discussed a comparison of them here a while back. Bill holds Max in very high esteem and I think he really "gets it" when he covers that piece.
Max is never more than a few songs away in any playlist on my iPod, but I've been especially listening a lot to his work on the Savoy dates with Bird. His playing was so ridiculous advanced, so ahead-of-its-time.
I've also watched those drum clips you posted. They're very cool. And I agree, Max is the one whose approach to soloing especially resonates with me. Truly one of the greats.