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Tears for Johannesburg

Max Roach
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"We Insist! Freedom Now", al quale parteciparono musicisti del calibro di Abbey Lincoln, Coleman Hawkins e Olatunji, è un disco seminale, colonna sonora del movimento per i diritti civili degli afro-americani che nel 1960 era nel periodo di massimo fulgore:

"[...] Nel 1960 Roach compose e incise per la Candid 'We Insist! Freedom Now Suite', un lavoro basato sui testi del poeta e cantante Oscar Brown, Jr e scritto in occasione del centenario della "proclamazione di emancipazione" di Abraham Lincoln. Un'operazione così esplicita, per l'epoca (anche per quanto riguarda la copertina del disco, veramente provocatoria), contribuì all'inserimento di Roach nella 'lista nera' dell'industria discografica americana nella seconda metà degli anni Sessanta, e lo costrinse a diradare la sua presenza in studio d'incisione. [...]"
(La citazione in questa introduzione è tratta da it.wikipedia).

We Insist! Freedom Now Suite - Un articolo molto interesante e denso sul capolavoro di Max Roach da "All About Jazz"

Original liner notes


La track list di questo capolavoro:
1. "Driva Man" – 5:10
2. "Freedom Day" – 6:02
3. "Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace" – 7:58
4. "All Africa" – 7:57
5. "Tears for Johannesburg" – 9:36




TEARS FOR JOHANNESBURG sums up, in large sense, what the players and singers on this album are trying to communicate. There is still incredible and bloody cruelty against Africans, as in the Sharpeville massacres of South Africa. There is still much to be won in America. But, as the soloists indicated after Abbey’s wounding threnody, there will be no stopping the grasp for freedom everywhere. In order, the solos are by Booker Little, Walter Benton, Julian Priester, and the drummers.

original liner notes by Nat Hentoff
Even while we sleep, we will find you
Acting on your best behavior
Turn your back on Mother Nature
Everybody wants to rule the world

It's my own design, it's my own remorse
Help me to decide, help me make the most
Of freedom and of pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

There's a room where the light won't find you
Holding hands while the walls come tumbling down
When they do I'll be right behind you

So glad we've almost made it
So sad, they had to fade it
Everybody wants to rule the world

I can't stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world

Say that you'll never, never, never, never need it
One headline, why believe it ?
Everybody wants to rule the world

All for freedom and for pleasure
Nothing ever lasts forever
Everybody wants to rule the world

Even while we sleep, we will find you
Acting on your best behavior

inviata da DoNQuijote82 - 24/6/2013 - 20:54



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