Atlantic Records release from 1966, “Drums Unlimited”.
This doesn’t have a ton of songs on it, but what you get is some classic drumming and even a Christmas tune. “Nommo” is my favorite on this one, but the whole thing is really good. What I appreciated about this record, aside from the drums, of course, is that I loved the bass. The bass work from Jymie Merritt is amazing. The record has a beautiful mix of jazz compositions, but with a great deal of bass work to offset the drumming that Roach is known for.
If you’re a fan of jazz music in general, or you’re looking for a starting point, I am going to go against the grain and pick up Max Roach’s “Drums Unlimited”. I love the contrast of styles here, and the lineup is absolutely stellar. Now here’s the kicker, you can pick up this record for $2 used, so there’s no excuse for not listening to some good jazz here. “Drums Unlimited”, that’s my pick for you today, I love it.