Thank you to #maxroach#abbeylincoln for the #sunday reminder...“Whisper, listen, whisper, listen. Whispers say we're free. Rumors flyin', must be lyin'. Can it really be? Can't conceive it, can't believe it. But that's what they say. Slave no longer, slave no longer, this is Freedom Day
Freedom Day, it's Freedom Day. Throw those shackle n' chains away, Everybody that we see, says it's really true, we're free
Freedom Day, it's Freedom Day. Free to vote and earn our pay. Dim the path and hide the way. But we've made it Freedom Day.” They will punch our daughters while they are pinned down on the ground, shoot and kill us, Lynch us, burn down our businesses and our homes when we build wealth, they will cheat in elections and rob us of the vote so they can elect wicked men who assault and rape women to the highest courts, they will unjustly jail our best and brightest, rob us of our homes and communities through redlining, they will do anything and everything in their power and still they wonder why we rise. They can’t rob us of our birthright. We born free even into a world that designed and rigged against our beautiful blackness and determined to enslave, maim and kill us. Yes, keep moving, keep shining, keep proving and keep loving and keep keeping the faith even if they dim the path and hide the way, it’s Freedom Day. #vote#votingwhileblack#blackgenius#black#freedom#sundaymood#colorofchange#gotv#votersuppression#faith#fortheculture#culture#abbeylincoln#maxroach
A 10-pack of Caffeinated Mystics 1. Billie Holiday 2. John Coltrane 3. Miles Davis 4. Abbey Lincoln 5. Max Roach 6. Charles Mingus 7. Thelonious Monk 8. Cassandra Wilson 9. Cecil Taylor 10. Albert Ayler
Packed house @umass_museum_umca town hall last week. The billboards are stunning but so are the art-led dialogues at schools and museums across the country as part of the @forfreedoms #50stateinitiative Here @stephshonekan breaks down #abbeylincoln , whose voice broke us all.
The multi-talented Abbey Lincoln, was a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress, who wrote and performed her own compositions as well as an activist during the civil rights movement. | “When everything is finished in a world, the people go to look for what the artists leave. It’s the only thing that we have really in this world -is an ability to express ourselves and say, ‘I was here.’”- Abbey Lincoln #thejazzartsclt#jazzliveshere#singingsaturdays#abbeylincoln#womeninjazz
I put on my headphones for this morning’s meditation and this was already playing. #throwitaway by #abbeylincoln was the song my mom listened to on repeat during her treatments and while on Hospice. “And keep your hand wide open
Let the sun shine through
'Cause you can never lose a thing
If it belongs to you
There's a hand to rock the cradle
And a hand to help us stand
With a gentle kind of motion
As it moves across the land
And the hand's unclenched and open
Gifts of life and love it brings
So keep your hand wide open
If you're needing anything.” Today these words take on a different meaning for me...#bethelight#message#energy#vessel#reikihealing#billyslight#shirleyslove#tbt 💫
Been wanting to play the @kennedycenter as a leader for years. Looking forward to the upcoming performance with “Songs of Freedom,” on our upcoming Mini-Tour in November! #AroundtheWorldwithU#UOJSongsofFreedom
R.I.P.: Jerry Gonzalez (1949-2018), trumpeter, conga master, percussionist, composer, band leader. He and his brother Andy took the so-called Latin Jazz to another step, to another level of sophistication. I was introduced to his music by Todd Barkan and listened a lot to their recordings on the Milestone label, specially the ones with The Fort Apache Band. Jerry also played beautifully on Charles Fambrough's debut album for CTI, as well as on projects by George Benson, Eddie Palmieri, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Abbey Lincoln, Larry Willis, Hilton Ruiz, Chico O'Farrill, Paco de Lucia and dozens of others. Rest in Power. #Repost @chipboaz SUNDAY SHOUTOUT: Spending some time today reflecting upon the music of Jerry González, the trumpet player, conguero, and band leader who changed the state of Latin Jazz. I can’t say enough how much Jerry’s music changed the way that I approached Latin Jazz. When I first connected with the music, I saw it as an improvisatory extension of dance music. I can remember the moment that I realized it was so much more as I saw The Fort Apache Band play live for the first time. They made the music so alive, so exciting, so spontaneous, so thrilling, and just so captivating. That was the moment that I knew I had to dedicate myself to Latin Jazz; that wouldn’t have happened without Jerry’s music. I never knew Jerry personally, but he changed my life. Rest In Peace maestro and thank you. #latinjazz#jazz#jerrygonzalez#rip#trumpet#congas#percussion#songwriter#rip#the fortapacheband #milestonerecords#eddiepalmieri#andygonzalez#mccoytyner#georgebenson#larrywillis#hiltonruiz#charlesfambrough#ctirecords#abbeylincoln#dizzygillespie#titopuente#charliepalmieri#pacodelucia
Classic Album Of The Day
Abbey Lincoln “Golden Lady”
In 1980 I bought this album because of title. I knew about Lincoln, a singer of modest renown, who had acted in a few celebrated ‘negro’ art house movies in the 60’s, but never listened to her music. I bought it just to hear her cover of Stevie’s “Golden Lady”, a favorite of mine. A song so amazing, I thought any cover had to be great too. I played it soon as I got home. And, I hated it before it finished. It wasn’t joyous. It was slow and mournful. She sounded weary. It puzzled me, even as it angered me. Abbey Lincoln was born and raised in Michigan. Inspired by Billie Holiday, in the 50’s she got small roles in a few films, and released her first album in 1956. Her career in music and film progressed in the 60s eventually settling more intently on singing. She released music until her death at 80 in 2010. Lincoln sang mostly her own songs. She was introspective, and unafraid of political material. Truth was tho, she didn’t sing pretty. Her performance is naked and un-nuanced, void of the presumptions, and affectations that snare many jazz singers blessed with a superior range or tone. Lincoln sounds battered, but not destroyed. She’s wounded but not resigned. Even at her darkest she’s defiant, and unbowed. She has a tear in her eye, and a chip on her shoulder. “Life”, she seems to say, “is hard as hell but, I’m harder still.” This is a stance that becomes more familiar and more appealing the older you are. It’s a stance that we all arrive at one day living life. Life can be overwhelming but never forget, she projects, that it ain’t over ‘til its over. And the rest slides in on message as well. The flare of Archie Shepps sax, the muted trumpet, chords from the piano thread the rhythm and melody, the quiet spaces Lincoln uses, as her late emphasis places her a tad behind the beat. It heightens her ragged resolve in slurry weird way. It’s not a pretty voice but it is true, and truth is beauty. I was a hater in 80’, but now she’s my secret treasure. Prince told us we had to get thru this thing called “Life”. I’m sayin: Yes. And we need all the damn help we can get. Try Abbey... Til death do I part. #BBSCAOTD
MAX ROACH'S FREEDOM NOW SUITE / WE INSIST!
01: Driva' Man
02: freedom Day
04: All Africa
05: Tears For Johannesburg
Condition; SLEEVE:VG+, VINYL:EX-,
Label; CANDID (SMJ-7032)
Comments; Japanese 1st Press.
I love coming across gems like this out in the wild. This OG was in the oddest collection yet. Leftovers if you can believe because I am still struggling to. But why question fate. Clifford Jordan goes off on the sax, while Mal Waldron holds it down on the keys. Art Davis keeps it traditional on the bass and Max Roach does his thing on the skins. The chorus is different but oddly fresh. Mix all together with a pinch of Abbey Lincoln and what you get is greatness. I will be coming back to this often. #maxroach#cliffordjordan#malwaldron#abbeylincoln#impulse#vinylcollection#vinylscores#maxroachitstime#hardbopgems
Join us for Kendra Shank Trio - September 19
"The New York jazz vocalist found some simpatico players last time in the Twin Cities so she’ll team again with pianist Phil Aaron and bassist Graydon Peterson. The musical conversation between the imaginative singer and her Minnesota musicians should be a spontaneous treat." - Star Tribune
Join me for another quality laden FoldedSpace tonight here on @jazzfmuk Expect jazz heat from 1000 Kings on @jazzrefreshed , cuban big band from Orquestra Akokán, a classic from #AbbeyLincoln , contemporary fire from @wojtekmazolewski and new business from @cammyg1 Camilla George 1am (BST), 8pm (EST) JazzFM.com | UK Wide DAB | App
We Insist! (subtitled Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite) is a jazz album released on Candid Records in 1960. It contains a suite which composer and drummer Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown had begun to develop in 1959 with a view to its performance in 1963 on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. The cover references the sit-in movement of the Civil Rights Movement. The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album one of its rare crown accolades, in addition to featuring it as part of its Core Collection. Released
1960. Recorded August 31 and September 6, 1960.
#MaxRoach – drums
#AbbeyLincoln – vocals
#BookerLittle – trumpet on "Driva Man", "Freedom Day", "All Africa", and "Tears for Johannesburg"
#JulianPriester – trombone on "Driva Man", "Freedom Day", and "Tears for Johannesburg"
#WalterBenton – tenor saxophone on "Driva Man", "Freedom Day", and "Tears for Johannesburg"
#ColemanHawkins – tenor saxophone on "Driva Man"
#JamesSchenk – bass on "Driva Man", "Freedom Day", and "Tears for Johannesburg"
#MichaelOlatunji – congas, vocals on side two
#RaymondMantilla – percussion on side two
#TomasduVall – percussion on side two
TODAY in Black Film History
NOTHING BUT A MAN
Premiered August 30, 1964 Venice Film Festival ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hailed by critics at the Venice and New York film festivals when it first premiered in 1963, Nothing But a Man was one of the few films that emerged from the civil-rights era to portray the reality of life for African Americans in honest, uncompromising terms.
Along with a trio of other inexpensive but sensitively made motion pictures —John Cassavetes' Shadows (1961), Shirley Clarke's The Cool World (1963) and Larry Peerce's One Potato, Two Potato (1964)—Nothing But a Man, helped give rise to the independent feature film movement of the 1960s.
Starring Ivan Dixon (in a role Sidney Poitier turned down) and jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, the film is an early portrait of black pride with an uplifting story about a man and a woman whose love overcomes racial and class barriers. Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, Martha and the Vandellas, The Miracles, and The Marvelettes provide the original musical score. The film also launched the careers of several notable black actors including Esther Rolle, Yaphet Kotto, Julius Harris, Moses Gunn, Mel Stewart and Gloria Foster. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve wanted this record ever since it was the Vinyl Me Please Classic for the month of January. Finally caved in and got the Vinyl Me Please subscription and it certainly did not disappoint.
Max Roach is an icon.