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Maxwell Lemuel "Max" Roach (January 10, 1924 – August 16, 2007) was an American jazz percussionist, drummer, and composer.

A pioneer of bebop, Roach went on to work in many other styles of music, and is generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history.<ref name="autogenerated1"/><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> He worked with many famous jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Eric Dolphy and Booker Little. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

Roach also led his own groups, and made numerous musical statements relating to the African-American civil rights movement.


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