The album “Clifford Brown and Max Roach” was critically well received and includes several notable tracks, including two that have since become jazz standards. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and was included in Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings, ranking at #34. New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff describes this album as “one of the strongest studio albums up to that time.” Another critic referred to this album as by far some of the warmest and most sincere bebop performed and committed to tape. Clifford Brown’s tone is undeniably and characteristically warm, and he keeps the heat on alongside Max Roach’s lilting vamps and pummeling solos. This collection of songs ranges between boplicity and pleasant balladry. It represents bop at its best and is recommended for collectors and casual fans alike.
Max Roach (jazz legend): “Rod is an important new and original voice.”
As a trumpeter, composer, vocalist, lyricist and producer, Rod McGaha is unique in his ability to combine a wide variety of influences into an eclectic, globally conscious blend which rings totally fresh. Rod McGaha is exactly what working musicians strive to be, a potent combination of virtuosity and unfettered artistic passion. Whether you first heard him as the opening act for Take 6, as one of the highlighted jazz soloists with featured artist Max Roach’s critically-acclaimed group, or maybe even as a featured soloist playing in front of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, one of your first thoughts had to be, “This guy makes playing great look really easy.” That’s because Rod has lived a musical life that was founded on consistent, hard work behind the scenes and passionate fun and pleasure on the stage. “If I didn’t love playing so much, I would have quit – years ago,” said Rod McGaha