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16 August 2007

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peter breslin
1.

Hi- Thank you so much for providing something of a clearinghouse for the internet Roach festival that has resulted from his passing.

One of the first things Andrew Cyrille had me work on when I started studying with him was the bass drum/hi hat pattern from Roach's solo on Valse Hot, with Sonny Rollins, Clifford Brown, Richie Powell and George Morrow. Utter simplicity and clarity, downbeat on bass drum and two/three on hi hat, but so gorgeously ornamented over the top.

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Richard Kamins
2.

You have provided a great service, helping readers to the various tributes and music on the web.
I met Mr. Roach in the mid-80s when he came to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, to attend a conference arranged by Bill Barron and Bill Lowe. As part of his presentation, he sat on a drum stool with only his high-hat and performed his tribute to Jo Jones. At that point of my listening life, I had never seen anyone be so musical on a percussion instrument (and he played for 4 minutes or so.)
Few of the tributes mention M'Boom, an ensemble that raised the bar for "world music" - I've seen other percussion groups since then (SO Percussion and Nexus, to name but 2) but rarely one so musical.
Thanks for your hard work.

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