Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 2

Ludovico Granvassu BY

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In the second part of this special dedicated to jazz and civil rights [for the first part click here] we look into music inspired by the bloody events that marked the advancement of the civil rights movement, the names of the victims of ongoing brutality. The playlist included tunes which incorporate the words or the cadence of Martin Luther King, are introduced by Jesse Jackson or celebrate Malcolm X, as well as songs that were played to draw attention to and support the cause.

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  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Cannonball Adderley Quintet "Walk Tall" Country Preacher -Live at Operation Breadbasket (Blue Note) 0:16
  • Host talks 4:46
  • Archie Shepp & The Attica Blues orchestra "Blues for Brother G. Jackson" I Hear the Sound (Live) (Archieball) 7:32
  • Darrell Grant "I Shall Believe" Truth and Reconciliation (Origin Arts) 14:19
  • John Coltrane "Alabama" Live at Birdland (Impulse!) 22:03
  • Host talks 27:10
  • John Coltrane "Alabama"—Martin Luther King: Memorial Service, Birmingham, Alabama 27:39
  • Host talks 29:12
  • Nina Simone "Mississippi Goddam" In Concert (Live) (Phillips) 30:30
  • Terence Blanchard "Malcolm's Theme" The Malcolm X Jazz Suite (Columbia) 35:11
  • Miles Davis "Stella by Starlight" My Funny Valentine: In Concert (Live) (Columbia) 41:18
  • Host talks 54:08
  • Ambrose Akinmusire "Rollcall for Those Absent" the imagined savior is far easier to paint (Blue Note) 57:09
Photo credit: New York Public Library

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