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The pioneering modern jazz drummer is in awe-inspiring form on this previously unreleased live recording that grabs you by the scruff of the neck right from the word go – “Lotus Blossom” opens at a fair old lick.
Unusually, Roach’s band had no piano, but Bobby Boswell’s rock-solid double bass, imaginative arrangements and close attention to dynamics amply compensated. The three-horn front line, including brothers Stanley and Tommy Turrentine on sax and trumpet, is as sensitive as it is fired up, and even “Tunisia” sounds fresh.
Max Roach Quintet
Lausanne 1960 Part I