Sunday, 27 May 2018

Max Roach ‎– We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (1960)

Style: Hard Bop, Free Jazz
Format: CD, Vinyl
Label: Candid ‎– CCD 79002

A1.   Driva'man
A2.   Freedom Day
A3.   Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace
B1.   All Africa
B2.   Tears For Johannesburg

Artwork – Frank Gauna
Congas – Michael Olatunji
Double Bass – James Schenck
Engineer – Bob D'Orleans
Leader, Drums – Max Roach
Percussion – Ray Mantilla, Tomas DuVall*
Producer [Supervision] – Nat Hentoff
Tenor Saxophone – Coleman Hawkins, Walter Benton
Trombone – Julian Priester
Trumpet – Booker Little
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

"A revolution is unfurling - America's unfinished revolution. It is unfirling in lunch counters, buses, libraries and schools - wherever the dignity and potential of men are denied. Youth and idealism are unfurling. Masses of Negroes are marching onto the stage of history and demanding their freedom now!" -A Philip Randolph
What this album is saying is that FREEDOM DAY is coming in many places, and those working for it mean to make it stick. In 1937, a Negro who still remembered slavery spoke of what it was like in 1865. "Hallelujah broke out... Everyboby went wild. We all felt like heroes, and nobody had make us that way but ourselves." It's happening again.

Recorded: Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, New York, August 31rd and September 6, 1960

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