With the tragic deaths of Clifford Brown and pianist Richie Powell in 1956, Max Roach's first great quintet literally lost two of its members. Kenny Dorham and Ray Bryant would replace Brown and Powell and Max's new group was called the Max Roach Plus Four, and it featured the tenor saxophone talents of none other than Sonny Rollins. By 1958 it proved too difficult to keep a band with this many individual stars together, and Roach founded a new quintet, featuring George Coleman on tenor sax and another young, immensely gifted trumpeter (who himself would die tragically in few short years) named Booker Little. This group made excellent recordings for Mercury (recently collected with other sessions as "The Complete Mercury Max Roach Plus Four Sessions on the Mosaic label), and this title "Deeds, Not Words" for Riverside. This album is a classic, solid hard bop affair led by Raoch's driving stick work, and surprisingly by Ray Draper's robust tuba! Not that Little, Coleman and bassist Art Davis (he is replaced on one track by Oscar Pettiford) aren't in great form too, because they are indeed. You can take my word that "Deeds, Not Words" is a great disc, or better yet you can do the deed yourself. Go out and buy it!