"Freedom Now Suite" Belgian TV BTR2 1964 (Probably January)Abbey Lincoln - Vocals
Clifford Jordan - Tenor Saxophone
Coleridge Perkinson - Piano
Eddie Khan - Bass
Max Roach - Drums
translation of the intro:
"This, ladies and gentlemen, this is the drumkit of one of the great masters of modern jazz. Max Roach entered this special world of music in the beginning of the forties. When the end of the era of swing was marked by the bop revolution, the beginning of the real modern jazz. Max Roach was part of it in New York, of all these exciting events. His teacher wa Kenny Clarke, who is considered to be the pioneer of modern drum playing. But Max Roachdeveloped very quickly his own personal style and became a major influence on his younger collegues. He is considered to be the prototype of the modern jazz drummer; he did elaborate studies of musical theory, plays several instruments, makes arrangements and composes. He knows better than anyone else to exploit the rhythmic and technical possiblities of his instrument.
But Max Roach is also a musician who is very politically and socially involved. He says: " I don't want to make music without social impact." He wants to spread a message. The message of the strive for freedom of the Americanand African Negroes. Tonight we will see an example of this. Maybe the most powerful work that was written about this topic in jazz, the suite FREEDOM NOW! He wrote it together with Oscar Brown Jr. and plays it tonight with his own quartet: COOLERIDGE PERKINSON piano; CLIFFORD JORDAN tenor sax, andEDDIE KAHN bass. And as vocalist, his wife ABBIE LINCOLN.
Modern Jazz with a motto: WE INSIST! WE WANT FREEDON NOW!"