My direct connection to Max Roach: In the 1980s my father, Lars Holm, who is a classical violinist, toured with Max Roach. My father’s quartet was the Swedenborg Quartet. Max Roach at that time was experimenting with string quartets. After touring, they went to Munich, Germany, where they recorded this album. This is all kind of weird to me because my father doesn’t play jazz and can’t improvise at all. The CD is out of print. 

Artists :Cecil Bridgewater ( Trumpet, Flugelhorn )
Max Roach ( Drums, Percussion )
Dayne Armstrong ( Tenor Saxophone )
Phil Bower ( Electric Bass )
The Swedenborg String Quartet ( String Quartet )
Lars Holm ( 1st Violin )
Ulrica Jannson ( 2nd Violin )
Anders Lindgren ( Viola )
Kerstin Elmquist ( Cello )
Release date Dec 31, 1985
Duration 0:38:38
Barcode 8024709067821

Here’s some info from and Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD:

“The 1983 German concert celebrates two of his most important collaborators, Booker Little and, on Bird Says, Charlie Parker. ?”  
(source: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD – Eighth Edition)

“In the 1980s, Max Roach began experimenting with string quartets, eventually settling on a double quartet idea, using a traditional bop lineup with the addition of the Uptown Strings, a group formed at his request by his daughter Maxine, who plays viola. However, on this live date from Munich, Germany, Roach’s jazz quartet is accompanied by the Swedenborg String Quartet.

The two compositions heard here are the extremely fast 20-minute “A Little Booker,” and trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater’s 18-minute piece, “Bird Says.” Both compositions evolve and shift allowing ample time for each player to develop their solo climactically. A captivating CD with a plethora of improvisation, LIVE AT VIELHARMONIE is a memorable experience.”   (source:, Rovi)

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