To the Max!

To the Max! is a double album by American jazz drummer Max Roach featuring tracks recorded in 1990 and 1991 and released on the Enja label.[1] The album features Roach with various ensembles and combines live and studio recordings that celebrate Roaches diverse musical output.

To the Max!
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Studio album by
Released1992
RecordedSeptember 15 and November 30, 1990, April 29 and June 15, 24 & 25, 1991,
Paris, France, Buffalo, NY, Northampton, MA, Astoria NY and New York City
GenreJazz
Length95:56
LabelEnja
ENJ 7021/22
ProducerMax Roach
Max Roach chronology
The Paris All Stars Homage to Charlie Parker
(1989)
To the Max!
(1992)
Max Roach with the New Orchestra of Boston and the So What Brass Quintet
(1993)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ and its review by Scott Yanow states, "The music, which crosses quite a few boundaries, is consistently fascinating and forms a definitive portrait of the ageless drummer's wide musical interests in the early '90s".[2]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Max Roach except as indicated

Disc one
  1. "Ghost Dance (PT. I)" - 14:50
  2. "Ghost Dance (PT. II) - 9:32
  3. "Ghost Dance (PT. III) - 6:19
  4. "A Quiet Place" - 3:51
  5. "The Profit" - 3:40
  6. "Tears" - 6:50
  7. "Self Portrait" - 4:02
  • Recorded at Rev'O Jazz, Paris, on September 15, 1990 (track 7), Clinton Recording Studios, New York on June 15, 1991 (tracks 1 & 3), Master Sound Astoria, New York on June 24, 1991 (tracks 2 & 4) and The Power Station, New York on June 25, 1991 (tracks 5 & 6)
Disc two
  1. "A Little Booker" - 21:03
  2. "Street Dance" - 5:21
  3. "Tricotism" (Oscar Pettiford) - 3:17
  4. "Mwalimu" (Odean Pope) - 16:33
  5. "Drums Unlimited" - 4:38
  • Recorded at Rev'O Jazz, Paris, on September 15, 1990 (track 5), The Marquee at the Tralf, Buffalo, New York on November 30, 1990 (track 3), The Iron Horse, Northampton, Massachusetts on April 29, 1991 (track 4), Master Sound Astoria, New York on June 24, 1991 (track 2) and The Power Station, New York on June 25, 1991 (track 1)

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Max Roach discography accessed September 25, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 25, 2012