On the 30th anniversary of the death of Elvis, another musical titan passed away. Max Roach was likely known to but a small fraction of those who loved and enjoyed Elvis, but his importance to jazz music - to American music - may be just as lasting. He wasn't the flashiest drummer of all time, just the best. From his contributions to the major works of Charlie Parker to the legendary Freedom Now Suite, his brilliance and passion were always readily apparent.
Undercover Black Man has posted a nice tribute, including links to some amazing pieces of music and some breathtaking video of a live performance of Freedom Now.