Abbey Lincoln on the
"Freedom Now Suite"
Now, A Jazz Moment...
MUSIC: "Freedom Now Suite", CD: We Insist: Freedom Now Suite , Candid CCD 79002
In 1960 drummer Max Roach wrote a piece of music inspired by the civil rights movement. It featured NEA Jazz Master Abbey Lincoln on vocals.
Abbey Lincoln: I'm glad I had the chance to do the Freedom Now Suite. It was a great exercise for a singer and actress.
Three of the suite's movements are: Prayer, Protest, and Peace. Lincoln didn't have any trouble with the prayer.. .
But I had a hard time with protest because I had never screamed before in my life. I never heard my mother scream or any of my sisters scream. I finally learned to scream and not hurt my voice.
An excerpt from the Freedom Now Suite. This Jazz Moment with vocalist Abbey Lincoln was created by the National Endowment for the Arts.