Max Roach – Driva´ Man (1960)

Driva Man is the first track on the album We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite.

We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite is a jazz album released on Candid Records in 1960. It contains a suite which Max Roach and lyricist Oscar Brown had begun to develop in 1959 with a view to its performance in 1963 on the centennial of the Emancioation Proclamation. The cover references the sit-in movement of the Civil Rights Movement. The Penguin Guide to Jazz has awarded the album one of its rare crown accolades, in addition to featuring it as part of its Core Collection.

The music consists of five selections concerning the Emancipation Proclamation and the growing African independence movements of the 1950s. [source]

James Schenck (Bass) / Michael Olatuniji (Congas) / Max Roach (Drums) / Walter Benton (Tenor Saxophone) / Coleman Hawkins (Tenor Saxophone) / Julian Priester (Trombone) / Booker Little (Trumpet) / Abbey Lincoln (Vocals)


and here a live version from 1964:

Abbey Lincoln – Vocals
Clifford Jordan – Tenor Saxophone
Coleridge Perkinson – Piano
Eddie Khan – Bass
Max Roach – Drums


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