We Insist! Freedom Now Suite

We Insist! Freedom Now Suite

In addition to being one of the best jazz drummers of all time, Max Roach was a long-time civil rights activist. 

Artist: Max Roach

Genre: Jazz

Label: Jazz Wax

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The cover art for the 1961 LP, 'We Insist! Freedom Now Suite', shows a photo of three black men at a lunch counter with a white man in a soda jerk's uniform attending them. It was an incendiary image directed at a still-segregated country. But the album does not stop at its cover. The music is superb, and includes an array of jazz stars, including singer Abbey Lincoln, tenor saxophonists Coleman Hawkins and Walter Benton, trumpeter Booker Little, trombonist Julian Priester, and conguero Michael Babatunde Olatunji. This was (and still is) both a brilliant piece of music, and a political and social statement, which received a crown in the Penguin Guide to Jazzand a 5-star rating in Down Beat.

About the artist

Maxwell Lemuel Roach was an American jazz drummer and composer. A pioneer of bebop, he worked in many other styles of music, and is generally considered one of the most important drummers in history. 

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