180g Vinyl LP!
Remastered by Bernie Grundman!
Drummer and composer Max Roach is one of the most important figures in the history of jazz. An early pioneer of bebop, he worked in many other styles of music, and is considered one of the most important drummers ever. During his career he worked with such jazz luminaries as Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie , Sonny Rollins, and many more. He was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1992.
An avant-garde masterpiece, a vocal-instrumental suite, a work of collective improvisation, directly addressing the racial and political issues of its day, We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite is one of the most important artistic statements of the Civil Rights Movement and one of the most groundbreaking jazz albums of all time.
Max Roach was already almost a decade into his career as one of the most influential jazz drummers and composers when he teamed up with lyricist Oscar Brown, Jr. to collaborate on a piece they planned to perform at the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1963. The urgency of the civil rights movement and the momentum gained from the "sit-ins" which began at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, inspired the artists to commit the project to record in the fall of 1960.