martes, 12 de enero de 2010

Max Roach - We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite - 1960

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. (Fuente All Music)

Max Roach Drums
Walter Benton Sax (Tenor)
Thomas Duvail Percussion
Coleman Hawkins Sax (Tenor)
Abbey Lincoln Vocals
Booker Little Trumpet
Raymond Matillo Percussion
Michael Olatunji Percussion, Conga, Drums, Voices
Julian Priester Trombone
James Schenk Bass

01 Driva' Man - Brown, Roach - 5:10
02 Freedom Day - Brown, Roach - 6:02
03 Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace - Roach - 7:58
04 All Africa - Brown, Roach - 7:57
05 Tears for Johannesburg - Roach - 9:36

lunes, 11 de enero de 2010

Eddie Boyd with Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac - 7936 South Rhodes - 1968

Eddie Boyd Piano, Vocals
Mick Fleetwood Drums
Peter Green Guitar
John McVie Bass

01 - You Got to Reap
02 - Just the Blues
03 - She's Real
04 - Back Slack
05 - Be Careful
06 - Ten to One
07 - Blues Is Here to Stay
08 - You Are My Love
09 - Third Degree
10 - Thank You Baby
11 - She's Gone
12 - I Can't Stop Loving You

lunes, 4 de enero de 2010

The Butterfield Blues Band - The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw - 1967

Elvin Bishop: Guitar, Vocals
Paul Butterfield: Harmonica, Vocals
Brother Gene Dinwiddie: Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Keith Johnson: Trumpet
Bugsy Maugh: Bass, Vocals
Mark Naftalin: Keyboards
David Sanborn: Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Phillip Wilson: Drums

01 - One More Heartache - Moore, Robinson, Rogers ... - 3:20
02 - Driftin' and Driftin' - Brown, Moore - 9:09
03 - Pity the Fool - Malone - 6:00
04 - Born Under a Bad Sign - Bell, Jones - 4:10
05 - Run Out of Time - Butterfield, Dinwiddie ... - 2:59
06 - Double Trouble - Rush - 5:38
07 - Drivin' Wheel - Sykes - 5:34
08 - Droppin' Out - Butterfield, Zimmerman - 2:16
09 - Tollin' Bells - 5:23

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