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Speak Brother Speak [Live]

Max RoachAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1963
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Ojc
  • ASIN: B000000YUR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Speak, Brother, Speak - The Max Roach Quartet
2. A Variation - The Max Roach Quartet

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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly good August 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is the best Max Roach album and one of the best album in the history of jazz. The rythm section swings soulfully, with a complexity which makes it so enjoyable to focus on it entirely. The tempos of both tunes are ballad-like with the energy of the swingest high tempo tunes. All the musicians were in a very good shape that night and they fit perfectly. This is too bad they only made one album together. The solos progress extraordinary well in intensity. Jesus in person was the invisible conductor of this absolutely delightful quartet. Jordan excells like in no other context and I understand better each time, listening to this live a hundred times, why Coltrane was inspired by his playing. Maldron solos are of the same high quality of the ones with Dolphy at the five spot, and Khan shows a Sam Jones oriented feeling and makes great bass lines that should be focused on. I won't tell about Roach, music speaks better than words.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Speak" Speaks Loudly August 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Speak, Brother, Speak" captures the Max Roach Quartet during a live performance at the Jazz Workshop in 1962. The album boasts two extended compositions of approximately twenty minutes each. The first, the title track, begins with a doo-wop/rock style rhythm that is a bit redundant in the opening minutes. But Max's bandmates, Clifford Jordan, Mal Waldron and Eddie Kahn, quickly take things outward, climaxing with an extended Roach drum solo. "A Variation" is a more consistent and successful composition, with an opening reminiscent of John Coltrane's spiritual, avant-garde explorations. When things get swinging, Roach propels the group along as only he can. In my opinion, "Speak, Brother, Speak" is a notch behind "Deeds, Not Words" and "Percussion, Bitter Sweet," but very enjoyable all the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAX MAX ! February 27, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This a very good vehicle to display why Max Roach was a master on the drums, owning this CD is a must for any serious JAZZ FAN !
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