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

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

by Max Roach
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/05/2006
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431782828
catalogNumber:
7828
Rank:
84731

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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
J.C. White Singers   Contributor

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