MAX ROACH — Lift Every Voice and Sing

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Album · 1971

Tracklist

A1 Motherless Child (For Marcus Garvey) 7:22
A2 Garden Of Prayer (For My Mother And Father) 2:49
A3 Troubled Waters (For Paul Robeson) 6:57
B1 Let Thy People Go (For Patrice E. Lumumba) 6:46
B2 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord (For Malcolm, Martin, Medgar And Many More) 5:48
B3 Joshua (For Rev. Charles Koen And The People Of Cairo, Ill.) 7:10

Total Time: 37:14

Line-up/Musicians

Bass [Electric] – Eddie Mathias
Drums – Max Roach
Percussion – Ralph MacDonald
Piano – George Cables
Tenor Saxophone – Billy Harper
Trumpet – Cecil Bridgewater
Vocals – J.C. White Singers, The
Vocals [Soloist] – Dorothy White (tracks: A3), J. C. White (tracks: A2, B2), Ruby McClure (tracks: A1)

About this release

Atlantic – SD 1587 (US)

Recorded in New York on April 7, 1971 (tracks A1 & A3 to B2), and April 8, 1971 (tracks A2 & B3)

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Mssr_Renard
A magnificent record blending all styles possible to an almost new style/genre.

Musically this is post-bop, but with all the vocals going on, there's gospel, soul and r&b aswell. This album can be considered a heavy variant on what Marvin Gaye and Aretha franklin were up to.

If only there were more cross-over albums like this. One could also consider this to be spiritual jazz, because of the lyrical concept, but it is too heavy and swinging to be considered spiritual jazz. It is almost impossible to define its genre/style.

Amidst all the vocals there's also Billy Harper playing some heave almost free-ish saxophone. The piano of George Cables really fit the gospel/blues-approach of the album. A wonderful line-up, if you ask me.

The only one really missed here is Abbey Lincoln, but Dorothy White and Ruby McClure can also really sing loud and powerful.

This really is one of Roach's masterpieces, and perhaps one of jazz's masterpieces.

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