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Max Roach
(1925-2007) born on
Jan 10
US jazz drummer. He was one of the greatest jazz drummers; he refused to record in the U.S., 1970-76, in protest against the economic explotation of musicians.
The American drummer is a one-man percussion orchestra.

Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.
They had all this talent, and they had no instruments. So they started rap music. They rhymed on their own. They made their own sounds and their own movements.
What "jazz" means to me is the worst kind of working conditions, the worst in cultural prejudice . . . The term "jazz" has come to mean the abuse and exploitation of black musicians.
My point is that we much decolonize our minds and re-name and re-define ourselves . . . In all respects, culturally, politically, socially, we must re-define ourselves and our lives, in our own terms.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Jazz Magasine," Jun 1988.
R: "Jazz Men: A Love Supreme," in "Ebony Man," Apr 1987.
A: In "Hop-Hop Madness," in "Essence," Apr 1989.
N: "What 'Jazz' Means to Me," in "The Black Scholar," Summer 1972.
K: "What 'Jazz' Means to Me," in "The Black Scholar," Summer 1972.

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