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We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite Import
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Not only is this a landmark in jazz, but a landmark in the way it reflects the civil rights movement of the 60's. The music is intense and stirring, certainly the most powerful music Max Roach has ever recorded (even more so than his great, masterful work with Clifford Brown). Recorded with Abbey Lincoln, at the time married to Roach, and tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, this used to be a popular album among jazz enthusiasts, but for some reason it's been given some pretty shabby treatment, having been allowed to drift into relative obscurity. If you can get a copy for a decent price, pick it up.
Is a beautiful record and the digital download is a major bargain. BUT, be aware this is mastered from a vinyl copy. It has several pops throughout and the surface noise associated with a good (but used for 30+ years) record. Works fine for me but thought I'd add this caveat...
Before going any further, I'll speak of the most famous and most powerful piece on here-- "Triptych". Its a duet between Roach and Lincoln in three parts, an introspective, haunting opening, building in tension and power, before drifting to conclusion. It is beyond words to try and explain this piece, it really is something that needs to be heard. Listen to it alone with no other stimulus, it can be overwhelming.
The rest of the album admittedly has a hard time living up to this level of expression and power, but how could it? "Driva' Man", however, is nearly as stunning. A story of brutal slave owners, it begins with Lincoln over thin percussion before going into a positively haunting rendition of the melody and a moving solo by Coleman Hawkins (even with a squeaky reed). The rest of the album is, however, spectacular, and this is really an essential piece of music.
The music is one of protest yes but ultimately so is all of jazz in it's early golden age from '40-'70.
But I advise folks to not be taken advantage of by certain sellers! This can be had for about $23 from Candid's own site. The music certainly is valuable but people who try to profit from beauty should not be allowed to do so.
Good Art states something. Hear the rythm here, feel what they are saying and expressing and how pure and unbounded it is said in every way. Lots of messages here and..: No holding back ! This is the Black Movement, the progressive approach, the need for freedom and equality. A cry to stop the stupidity and start sharing. To be heard. But there was a lot more going-on in that time. Now remember how short the distance back till the time where people still had to fight in order to be heard and be seen as an equal human creature even ! It is still happening.
Now, this all could lead into something sounding chaotic or rioting, but no, it is all done on a very high music-level and drenches you straight into the Real Thing of Jazz ! These people are intelligent and have a high-develloped sense for music, free music. Non-commercial, just Making Music.
Every youngster with an angle to music, who is made out of the real curious material, will change the approach after the listening and understanding of this New-Thing-stream Example. Try reaching for the intuitive level..
Abbey touches the spine ánd malehood of every man by stating the Female Power straight, there is a bit of humour and irony, ofcourse- as allways when Bowie is around.., the guys throw-in their skills at a moment where they all are on their tops. They are aware of the unique-ness of their togetherness and challange each other out to go over the hills again and pass the last set borders in order to state a new standard for Jazz.. Just listen to this recording and hear it happen..Read more ›
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"We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite", co-authored by Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr., was a pivotal work in the early-'60s African-American protest movement, and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HH
Upon listening to this sonic gem, there is so much to say.
But instead I will just simply exhale... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Simply put: I have been to Mecca. Read more
This is a classic: Max Roach, Olatunji, Abbey Lincoln.... need I say more? I'm thoroughly pleased with this work of art. Highly recommended!Published on March 1, 2011 by mint
When musicians include their spouse I suspect the quality of their collaboration ! Earlier on when TRANE replaced Mc Coy with Alice I was not happy. Read morePublished on February 27, 2011 by James "Count". Dollison
The great Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, and friends didn't stand on the sidelines as spectators to Civil Rights. Read morePublished on October 20, 2010 by Yugen