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Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr.’s : We Insist!


One of the jazzmen who had long been strongly involved emotionally in the movements for integration in America and national autonomy in Africa was Max Roach. In 1959 Roach had begun collaboration with a Chicago writer-singer, Oscar Brown, Jr. on a long work to be performed in 1963 on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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This is a classic. At a time when the civil rights movement was starting to heat up, drummer Max Roach performed and recorded a seven-part suite dealing with black history (particularly slavery) and racism. “Driva’ Man” has a powerful statement by veteran tenor Coleman Hawkins and there is valuable solo space elsewhere for trumpeter Booker Little and trombonist Julian Priester, but it is the overall performance of Abbey Lincoln that is most notable. Formerly a nightclub singer, Lincoln really came into her own under Roach’s tutelage and she is a strong force throughout this intense set. On “Tryptich: Prayer/Protest/Peace,” Lincoln is heard in duets with the drummer and her wrenching screams of rage are quite memorable. This timeless protest record is a gem. Scott Yanow


1. Driva’ Man
2. Freedom Day
3. Triptych
4. Prayer / Protest / Peace
1. All Africa
2. Tears For Johannesburg



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Weight .280 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm