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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.
         
   
F
The American drummer is a one-man percussion orchestra.

R
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.
A
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.
N
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.
K
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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