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VOL № C40 — September 2020

Freedom Suite

Sonny Rollins
Why you'll love it...

In December 2016, JazzTimes traced the history of protest in jazz. It touched on classics like Louis Armstrong’s “(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue” and Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” right up to the fiery We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite and Archie Shepp’s Attica Blues. But they left out the first album-length statement of the Civil Rights Era, leading longtime subscriber Sonny Rollins to write in and defend his magnificent yet oddly overshadowed 1958 album, Freedom Suite. The editors of JazzTimes weren’t the only ones to mistakenly pass it by.

Label
Concord
Original Release Year
1958
Release Type
Reissue
Format
1 lp
Speed
33 1/3 rpm
Vinyl Size
12 inch
Weight
180 gram
Foil Stamped
Yes
Color
Black
Jacket
Tip-On; Single
Mastering Engineer
Ryan Smith
Remastering Details
(AAA) Lacquers Cut from the Original Analog Tapes
Extras
Exclusive Listening Notes Booklet by Andy Beta
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