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Members, Don't Git Weary/Lift Every Voice and Sing

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
These recordings of Max Roach for the Atlantic label have each been issued on single CDs by Koch Records, but now they are combined into one. The concepts of the dates are quite different, with one wholly instrumental, the other emphasizing choral vocals. Members, Don't Git Weary is a superior session, featuring pianist and composer Stanley Cowell from 1968, at a time when Cowell had left his native Toledo, OH, for New York City. It contains three of his most famous compositions -- "Abstrutions," "Effi," and the by-now standard "Equipoise." Enhancing the combo are young stars saxophonist Gary Bartz and trumpeter Charles Tolliver. Lift Every Voice and Sing from 1971 is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
These recordings of Max Roach for the Atlantic label have each been issued on single CDs by Koch Records, but now they are combined into one. The concepts of the dates are quite different, with one wholly instrumental, the other emphasizing choral vocals. Members, Don't Git Weary is a superior session, featuring pianist and composer Stanley Cowell from 1968, at a time when Cowell had left his native Toledo, OH, for New York City. It contains three of his most famous compositions -- "Abstrutions," "Effi," and the by-now standard "Equipoise." Enhancing the combo are young stars saxophonist Gary Bartz and trumpeter Charles Tolliver. Lift Every Voice and Sing from 1971 is dominated by the J.C. White Singers, sublimating to a great extent Roach, trumpeter Cecil Bridgewater, tenor saxophonist Billy Harper, and keyboardist George Cables. There are some great gospel-inspired classics, and tributes to seminal figures Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Patrice Lumumba, Malcolm X, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medgar Evers, but the music lacks variety, and as such is only for specific tastes and purposes. Truly a "six of one and half a dozen of the other" reissue, this two-fer is likely to find itself on the shelves of Roach completists, as he did far better work before and after, but Members remains a pivot-point recording for the great drummer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431782828
  • Catalog Number: 7828
  • Sales rank: 89,722

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abstrutions (3:40)
  2. 2 Libra (4:57)
  3. 3 Effi (6:15)
  4. 4 Equipoise (6:22)
  5. 5 Members, Don't Git Weary (5:31)
  6. 6 Absolutions (4:41)
  7. 7 Motherless Child (7:23)
  8. 8 Garden of Prayer (2:49)
  9. 9 Troubled Waters (7:01)
  10. 10 Let Thy People Go (6:50)
  11. 11 Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? (5:51)
  12. 12 Joshua (7:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Max Roach Primary Artist, Drums
Andy Bey Vocals
Gary Bartz Alto Saxophone
George Cables Piano
Stanley Cowell Piano
Billy Harper Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Bridgewater Trumpet
Jymie Merritt Electric Bass
Bishop J.C. White Vocals
Eddie Mathias Electric Bass
Charles Tolliver Trumpet
Dorothy White Vocals
Ruby McClure Vocals
Ruby McClure Vocals
Dorothy White Vocals
Technical Credits
Gary Bartz Composer
Stanley Cowell Composer
Max Roach Composer
Jymie Merritt Composer
Abbey Lincoln Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Paul Goodman Engineer
Gene Paul Engineer, Remixing
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Composer
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Loring Eutemey Cover Design
Patricia Curtis Composer
Traditional Composer
The J.C. White Singers Contributor
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