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Max Roach Quotes

“Jazz is a very democratic musical form. It comes out of a communal experience. We take our respective instruments and collectively create a thing of beauty.” -Max Roach

“I always resented the role of a drummer as nothing more than a subservient figure.” -Max Roach

“Art is a powerful weapon that society, or the powers that be, use to control or direct the way people think. Culture is used to perpetuate the status quo of a society. Even though I’m involved in music for the sake of entertainment, I always hope to offer some kind of enlightenment.” -Max Roach

“One thing I gloried in, working with people like Charlie Parker, was the built-in rhythm section. You didn’t need a drummer or a bass player to know where the time was.” -Max Roach

“I used to take musical instruments home from elementary school. There were some music teachers there – we all learned instruments. A lot of us got started in public schools. Charlie Parker and Bud Powell, for example. But now there are no more music teachers in public elementary schools. It’s like (Senator) Moynihan said, ‘benign neglect.’ Just let it rot and fester.” -Max Roach

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