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We Insist!

FCO + Melanie Charles

The Fresh Cut Orchestra is revisiting Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now recording and taking his music and the message on the road.

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The suite was composed by Roach in 1960 for a performance featuring Abbey Lincoln on the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

60 years later Max Roach’s We Insist! gets a powerful new rendition from Philadelphia's Fresh Cut Orchestra.

Joining drummer Anwar Marshall, trumpeter Josh Lawrence, and bassist Jason Fraticelli are guitarist/electro wizard Tim Conley, saxophonist Stacy Dillard, percussionist Arturo Stable, and singer-songwriter/flautist Melanie Charles.

This project was commissioned by Jeff Arnal of Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center and supported by the state of North Carolina.

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