Max Roach - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite - 180g LP

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Max Roach - We Insist! Freedom Now Suite - 180g LP
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

Pure Pleasure - CJS9002 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue

Limited Edition - Pressed at Pallas Germany - Candid 9002

Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering by Ray Staff  at Air Mastering London

 
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the April 2008 Issue of Stereophile!
 
"Abbey Lincoln joins Max roach in her most intense vocal performance on record. Like John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and Marianne Faithful's Broken English, Lincoln's performance is gut wrenching and emotionally raw…This is an indispensable album. Pure Pleasure has been mining the Candid catalog to good effect, and this is one of the gems…It's an excellent disc with only a faint trace of tape bleed-through in a few places. My highest recommendation for this classic." Recording = 9/10; Music = 10/10 – Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 45
 
"This is a classic. At a time when the civil rights movement was starting to heat up, drummer Max Roach performed and recorded a seven-part suite dealing with black history (particularly slavery) and racism. 'Driva' Man' has a powerful statement by veteran tenor Coleman Hawkins and there is valuable solo space elsewhere for trumpeter Booker Little and trombonist Julian Priester, but it is the overall performance of Abbey Lincoln that is most notable. Formerly a nightclub singer, Lincoln really came into her own under Roach's tutelage and she is a strong force throughout this intense set. On 'Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace,' Lincoln is heard in duets with the drummer and her wrenching screams of rage are quite memorable. This timeless protest record is a gem." – Scott Yanow
 
"Based upon the diversity of music, quality of product and their extraordinary rate of progress, Pure Pleasure Records is our re-issue record company of the year." - hi-fi+
 
Review by Michael G. Nastos  [-]
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 continues to be relevant in its message and tenacity. It represents a lesson in living as to how the hundreds of years prior were an unnecessary example of how oppression kept slaves and immigrants in general in their place. Vocalist Abbey Lincoln expresses this oppression as effectively as anyone could with her thespian-based wordless vocals, and lyrics written by Brown that tell the grim story of the struggle of African-American for far too long. Musically, Roach assembled one of the greatest bands, from his own emerging ensemble with trombonist Julian Priester and trumpeter Booker Little, to the legendary Coleman Hawkins and lesser-known, underappreciated tenor saxophonist Walter Benton. Percussionists Ray Mantilla and Michael Olatunji gave the poetic pieces sung by Lincoln enough substance and spice to also refer to Afro-Cuban and South American prejudice and urgency for change.
 
Hawkins is particularly impressive, as his emotional range during the deep and dour, 5/4 slave song "Driva' Man" clearly feeds off of Lincoln's blues singing about quittin' time. "Triptych; Prayer/Peace/Protest" is the magnum opus of the set, introduced by Roach's signature drum moves, an eerie operatic vocal or oppressed angst yelling from Lincoln, and a 5/4 beat from the percussionist against a calmer vocal component, all written for interpretive dance. Of the modern jazz that Roach is renowned for, the horns jump into furious hard bop with solos from Little, Benton, and Priester on "Freedom Day" after Lincoln quietly invites you to "whisper/listen," while the obscure bassist James Schenck leads in 6/8 and 5/4 ostinato over Lincoln's sustained tones on "Tears for Johannesburg," with the layered horns in and out of well-wrought harmonies, and another triad of instrumental solos. "All Africa" sports lyrics about being on the beach, or maybe the beach head in the battle for freedom, as chants of tribal names echo similar village beats. This is a pivotal work in the discography of Roach and African-American music in general, its importance growing in relevance and timely, postured, real emotional output. Every modern man, woman, and child could learn exponentially listening to this recording -- a hallmark for living life.
 
Musicians:
Max Roach
Oscar Brown, Jr.
Abbey Lincoln
Coleman Hawkins
Olatunji
 
Selections:
1. Driva Man
2. Freedom Day
Triptych
3. Prayer
4. Protest
5. Peace
6. All Africa
7. Tears For Johannesburg
 
Max Roach - We Insist - Freedom Now Suite - 180g LP
 
 
 
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