Drummer Max Roach was really on fire during the 80s – a time when the Black Saint/
Soul Note label gave his music more exposure
than ever, and allowed Max to try out so many great concepts with a new sense of freedom! Roach first came up during the early years of bebop, exploded with righteous power in the 60s, and sometimes never got the presence he deserved in the 70s – when some of his best work was only recorded in Japan. These records really correct that lack of wider presentation of Max's music – and the titles here show an especially strong focus on expanding the spiritual ideas that Roach recorded with his bass-less Quartet in the decade before. The quartet appears strongly on the albums Pictures In A Frame, Scott Free, and In The Light – which feature Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, Odean Pope on tenor, and Calvin Hill on piano. Most of these players show up on the other albums too – including Easy Winners and Live At Vielharmonie Munich – with his Double
Quartet, which takes the Quartet and expands it with a string quartet. The set also features the beautiful It's Christmas Again – a nicely spiritual set with work from Bridgewater, Pope, Tony Scott, Lee Konitz, and Tyrone Brown. 6 albums in all – each in tiny LP-styled sleeves!