Max Roach + 4

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Max Roach + 4
Studio album by Max Roach
Released October 12, 1956
Recorded September 17 & 19, 1956
New York City
Genre Jazz, Hard bop
Length 37:38
Label EmArcy
MG 36098
Producer Bob Shad
Max Roach chronology
Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street
(1956)
Max Roach + 4
(1956)
Jazz in ¾ Time
(1956-57)

Max Roach + 4 is an LP recorded by jazz drummer Max Roach, which featured Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Sonny Rollins on tenor sax, Ray Bryant on piano, and George Morrow on bass.[1] It was the first album Roach recorded after his collaborators, trumpeter Clifford Brown and pianist Richie Powell, died in a car crash in June 1956.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars calling it a "worthy set".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Max Roach except as indicated

  1. "Ezz-Thetic" (George Russell) – 9:18
  2. "Dr. Free-Zee" – 2:06
  3. "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter) – 7:18
  4. "Mr X." – 5:15
  5. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green) – 6:50
  6. "Woody 'n You" (Dizzy Gillespie) – 6:51
  7. "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills) - 4:45 Bonus track on CD reissue
  8. "Love Letters" (Edward Heyman, Victor Young) - 8:57 Bonus track on CD reissue
  9. "Minor Trouble" (Ray Bryant) - 6:58 Bonus track on CD reissue
  • Recorded in New York City on September 17 (tracks 3-5) and September 19 (tracks 1, 2 & 6), 1956 and at Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California on March 18 (tracks 7 & 8) and March 20 (tracks 9), 1957

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Max Roach discography accessed September 21, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 21, 2012