Rise Up

— Mon, 19th January 2009 —

By the grace of the Jazz Gods, we were able to witness Max Roach live and in person not long before he passed in ’07. Waiting for the performance to begin, a gentleman behind us told his lady friend, “You know, Max Roach is the reason I moved to New York City.” That says it all. And, among a lifetime of great works, perhaps our favorite Roach piece is the one (some of which you can enjoy here) inspired by Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. That, too, says it all. Truly inspiring stuff at a moment in time when King’s legacy is more relevant than ever.

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