R.I.P. Max Roach. One of the greats...

Yesterday Max Roach passed away. Saying he was one of the greatest jazz drummers in history is an understatement. One aspect about him that I liked was that his approach to drumming was so much more melodic. Not just hitting things as fast as possible - but trying to create phrases, patterns and more. It's that sort of musical feel that attracted me to the drums in the first place, and he'll be missed. He was also not afraid to experiment, or confront racial issues; he pushed boundaries constantly.

On another note: If you have a chance to see a great jazz legend, you should DO IT NOW. People think jazz is old and dead, but the truth is some of the greatest legends are still alive and still touring and kickin ass. So if you want to experience jazz, feel jazz, and not just read about it and listen to it on some dusty record, go see a live performance before it is too late...