Max Roach : We Insist!

Max Roach : We Insist!


Max Roach (drums), Coleman Hawkins, Walter Benton (tenor sax), Booker Little (trumpet), Julian Priester (trombone), James Schenk (bass), Babatunde Olatunji (conga), Thomas Du Vall, Ray Mantilla (percussion), Abbey Lincoln (vocal)

Candid 9002

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Driva Man
A2 - Freedom Day
A3 - Triptych : Prayer
A4 - Triptych : Protest
A5 - Triptych : Peace
B1 - All Africa
B2 - Tears For Johannesburg

Recorded on August 31 and September 6, 1960, at Nola Penthouse Sound Studio in New York City.

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.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.