Drummer extraordinaire Max Roach and his band recorded live at Washinton DC's famous Blues Alley in 1981. - This 1981 live show at Washington DC's famous Blues Alley features drummer extraordinaire Max Roach and his band. Filmed lovingly by filmmaker Gary Keys, this intimate portrait of Roach is stunning in its simplicity. The music and interplay between the musicians is the main focus, almost like the camera is eavesdropping on a private jam session. The band sounds full and fierce, the film crisp and personal, every note a celebration.