30 September 2007

MAX ROACH - MEMBERS DONT GET WEARY























Max Roach for Atlantic from 1968 for Atlantic.
I posted this in June 06 and have had a number of requests for a repost so here it is @320 from the US Koch CD which is now deleted-there is a more recent reissue which is still easily available.

Back to the hardcore business with this tough 1968 date from Max Roach- One of the finest post-bop dates he recorded during that decade which which finds the drummer leading a cohesive modal quintet that employs Gary Bartz on alto sax, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on acoustic and electric piano, and Jymie Merritt on electric bass. Despite the use of electric instruments, this isn't an album that emphasizes rock or funk elements or predicts the fusion explosion that was just around the corner -- Members, Don't Git Weary is very much a straight-ahead effort, and the harmonic richness of modal playing is illustrated by such gems as Cowell's "Equipoise," Bartz's "Libra," and Merritt's "Absolutions." Roach's title song boasts a memorable, gospel-influenced vocal by Andy Bey, but all of the other selections are instrumental. Fantastic music with no compromises.

12 comments:

sotisier said...

this is a very fine album , max fires up well his own playing tends toward repetion on most albums ,yopu know that drum also waltzes pattern he is always playing.
but this is fresh man, and thanks for the hutcherson and many other treasures here over the last 12 months ive been wondering blogsville streets, hannibal .

Genezyp said...

Hey, am I lucky, just started worrying, cuz nobody would have this disc :)
Thank you very much, bacoso, this is most welcome.

hdreviewer said...
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hdreviewer said...

thanx so much!!! i looked at this exact album's old page 2days ago. a renewal was in order. paix.

t k said...

Great record! How Effi is not a standard page in *every* fake book is beyond me.

thebeathunters said...

grabbed that too at pekis' long ago
thanks for the new upgraded bitrate!
did you check the new stuff at "a bigger splash" and my bobby pierce contribution at "my favorite sounds"?
cheers

thebeathunters said...

damn; i messed up in the comments boxe...former was about don sebesky's! currently diggin' max roach's and enjoy it-thanks again

ghostrancedance said...

excellent album. thanks!!!!!

Miles said...

Always enjoyed this recording! Thanks for sharing it again!

telescriptum said...

Thanks for sharing wonderful music! What a line up on this record - Great! I'm gonna git this on vinyl reissue while it is around.

But the first album track "Abstrutions" is sadly missing…

A re-up maybe?

Thanks anyways

verge said...

Thank you for this. I had this vinyl twice and no longer have it. I really needed to hear "Equipoise" badly.
One of my favorite horn arrangements of all time.
Thank you much, much for this.

JP said...

I'm surprised but really pleased to see this still up 5 years after you posted it. Thanks for this and all the great music you share.