Max Roach: All Africa (from Freedom Now Suite)


All Africa (from Freedom Now Suite)


Max Roach (drums)


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

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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)


Composed by Max Roach


Recorded: New York, September 6, 1960


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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