Max Roach’s ‘We Insist!’

Max Roach’s ‘We Insist!’ (subtitled ‘Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite’) is an album recorded on August 31 and September 6, 1960 and released the same year by Candid Records.

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Track listing : 1.Driva Man (Max Roach, Oscar Brown) – 05:17 . 2.Freedom Day (Max Roach, Brown) – 06:08 . 3.Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace (Max Roach) – 08:09 . 4.All Africa (Max Roach, Brown) – 08:01 . 5.Tears for Johannesburg (Max Roach) – 09:42 .

Musicians : Max Roach – Drums . Abbey Lincoln – Vocals . Booker Little – Trumpet On (1 – 2 – 4 – 5) . Julian Priester – Trombone On (1 – 2 – 5) . Walter Benton – Tenor Saxophone On (1 – 2 – 5) . Coleman Hawkins – Tenor Saxophone On (1) . James Schenk – Bass On (1 – 2 – 5) . Michael Olatunji – Congas, Vocals On (4 – 5) . Raymond Mantilla – Percussion On (4 – 5) . Tomas Du Vall – Percussion On (4 – 5) .

Production Produced by Nat Hentoff . Bob d’Orleans – Engineer .

Recorded on August 31 and September 6, 1960 at Nola Penthouse Sound Studio, New York City .

Released in 1960 by Candid Records.

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All About Jazz
Notwithstanding Roach’s central role in the creation of bop, or his later hard bop explorations with trumpeter Clifford Brown, it is, by some margin, the most perfectly realised album he recorded. […]

The Revivalist
It may seem like now that putting together an album that protests a political or social issue is not really a big deal, as one needs to look no further than the recent Roots and John Legend collaboration, but back when Max embarked on putting this suite together, it was in a time when patriotism without question was still very high and much of the country did not want to deal with the race issue. […]

BBC
One of the defining artistic statements of the civil rights movement gets a timely… In the past forty years the word ‘freedom’ has been chewed up, spat out, kicked around and used to justify pretty much anything. We Insist! takes you back to a time when it actually meant something. […]

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