Fire Music: When Jazz Speaks Out - Part 4

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As our series dedicated to the amazing music that has come out of the struggle for the advancement of African-Americans, we span from tunes inspired by the march on Selma, or dedicated to the many victims of racially motivated brutality. Listen to deep set featuring old masters like Grant Green, Blue Mitchell, current giants like Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jason Moran and Wynton Marsalis and stars of the future like Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Logan Richardson, Kris Bowers and Keyon Harrold.


  • Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00
  • Grant Green "The Selma March" His Majesty King Funk (Verve) 0:16
  • Host talks 8:37
  • Jason Moran "Cager Lee" Selma (Music from the Motion Picture) (Paramount) 10:20
  • Blue Mitchell "March on Selma" Down With It (Blue Note) 12:00
  • Host talks 18:13
  • Kris Bowers "#TheProtester" Heroes + Misfits (Concord Jazz) 19:34
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith "I Can't Stand It" Live at Club Mozambique (Blue Note) 27:30
  • Host talks 35:50
  • Louise McCord "Better Get a Move On" Wattstax -The Living Word (Stax) 37:57
  • Curtis Mayfield "People Get Ready" Curtis/Live! (Live @ Bitter End, NYC) (Rhino) 41:58
  • Christian Scott "Danzinger" Christian aTunde Adjuah (Concord) 45:39
  • Host talks 56:12
  • Keyon Harrold "MB Lament" The Mugician (Sony) 57:28
  • Logan Richardson "I Can Breathe" Afrofuturism (Self-released) 1:02:32
  • Host talks 1:08:30
  • Wynton Marsalis "Freedom Is in the Trying" Blood on the Fields (Columbia) 1:11:33
Photo credit: Eric Ryan Anderson.

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