Max Roach: All Africa (from Freedom Now Suite)

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All Africa (from Freedom Now Suite)

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Max Roach (drums)

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We Insist! - Max Roach's Freedom Suite Now (Candid 9002)

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Musicians:

Max Roach (drums), Abbey Lincoln (vocals), Julian Priester (trombone), Michael Babatunde Olatunji (percussion), Booker Little (trumpet),

Walter Benton (tenor sax), Jimmy Schenk (bass), Raymond Matillo (percussion), Thomas Duvail (percussion)

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Composed by Max Roach

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Recorded: New York, September 6, 1960

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Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

The horns only make the briefest appearance on this movement from Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite. We open with Abbey Lincoln singing over drum accompaniment: "The beat has a rich and magnificent history, full of adventure, excitement and mystery. Some of it bitter and some of it sweet." But the centerpiece here is the four-minute percussion solo, performed with grandeur by Roach. This is a dramatic moment in 1960s jazz. Indeed, the whole Freedom Now Suite stands out as a landmark event in Roach's illustrious career, and an important milestone in the still-vital efforts to fuse African and jazz musical traditions.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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