The Jazz Show Episode July 20, 2009

Broadcast on 20-Jul-2009

9:00pm - 12:00am

This recording was drummer/composer Max Roach's second album for the Impulse label and was one of his most innovative. It is unique in that it combined Mr. Roach's working band with a 16 voice choir. The themes, all composed and arranged by Roach reflected his ever growing involvement in America's civil rights struggle. The themes are defiant, militant and intense. Max's band included Clifford Jordan on tenor saxophone, Richard Williams on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone,Mal Waldron on piano, Art Davis on bass plus a choir under the direction of Coleridge Perkinson. Roach's wife of the time, the wonderful singer, Abbey Lincoln appears on one tune. It's hard to believe that soon after this recording was made, Max Roach was boycotted from recording because of his political attitudes and commitment to racial equality. This recording was done in February of 1962 and Roach did not make any domestic recording until 1965, when he was signed to Atlantic Records. "It's Time!" is a rewarding and moving experience.

Track Listing:

Donald Byrd · A New Perspective
Cristo Redentor
The Black Disciple
How High The Moon
Ella Fitzgerald · Ella in Berlin
Body and Soul
Freddie Hubbard · The Body and The Soul
Dedicated to You
Clarence's Place.
Warmin' Up a Riff.
Charlie Parker · Bird's Bebop Boys.
You'd Be So Nice to
Art Pepper · Meets The Rhythm
Come Home To.
Julian Adderley · Portrait of Cannonball
Una Mas/Us.
Kenny Dorham/Jackie · Inta Somthin'
Black Spirit (For John
Gavin Walker · Studio Sessions
Patricia Barber · A Distortion of Love
It's Time!
Max Roach · It's Time
Another Valley
Sunday Afternoon
Living Room
The Profit
Lonesome Lover