‘Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes’ is the story of a musician whose far-reaching ambitions were inspired and challenged by the inequalities of the society around him. Roach was an American jazz drummer who, along with Art Blakey and Kenny Clark, is considered one of the pioneers of the bebop style.
His diverse seven-decade career marked him as one of the great musical artists of the 20th century – and as a pioneering cultural activist in times when the nation was steeped in racism. He played with Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and many others.
The film was made by American directors Sam Pollard and Ben Shapiro.