Having posted Jazz Africa, I realised that perhaps the most important jazz album which explicitly addressed “the stench of slavery and bondage” was Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite released in 1960. The lyrics were written by Oscar Brown Jr., who also sang about the issue of black freedom on his own albums, particularly Sin & Soul…And Then Some!! which was recorded the same year.
I haven’t to date posted an album on this blog because I hope my compilations encourage listeners to purchase the albums I’ve taken the tracks from: musicians deserve royalty payments.
However, I’m making an exception for the Freedom Now Suite because anyone who takes an interest in jazz, not only listeners but perhaps especially musicians, should be aware of the source of their muse.
Tracks (inc. sleeve notes)
01. Driva’ Man
02. Freedom Day
03. Triptych- Prayer-Protest-Peace
04. All Africa
05. Tears for Johannesburg