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Say It Loud: Black-Pride Soul Jazz

Say It LoudThis week on Night Lights we kick off Black History Month with “Say It Loud: Black-Pride Soul Jazz.” As the black-pride movement gained momentum in the late 1960s and early 1970s, an increasing number of jazz artists began to incorporate the message into their music. We’ll hear records made by Lou Donaldson, Gil Scott-Heron, Freddie Roach, Jackie McLean, and others.

Music Heard On This Episode

Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Miss D.D.
Mary Lou Williams — Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways, 1964)
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Brown Sugar
Freddie Roach — Brown Sugar (Blue Note, 1966)

Notes: With Joe Henderson on tenor sax.

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The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Gil Scott-Heron — Pieces of a Man (RCA, 1971)

Notes: With Hubert Laws on flute and Ron Carter on bass.

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Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud
Lou Donaldson — Say It Loud (Blue Note, 1968)

Notes: With Blue Mitchell on trumpet and Charles Earland on organ. Co-written by James Brown.

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Soul
Jackie McLean — 'Bout Soul (Blue Note, 1967)

Notes: Poem written & read by Barbara Simmons. Music by trombonist Grachan Moncur. Woody Shaw on trumpet.

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If You're Not Part of the Solution, You're Part of the Problem
Joe Henderson — The Milestone Years (Milestone)

Notes: Midpoint music bed.

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Wake Up Brothers
Doug Hammond — Message From the Tribe (Universal Sounds, 1975)
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What We Need
Tribe — Message From the Tribe (Universal Sounds, 1973)

Notes: Jeamel Lee on vocals.

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Young, Gifted and Black
Nina Simone — Sugar In My Bowl (RCA, 1969)

Notes: Co-written by Simone.

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The Loud Minority
Donald Byrd — Kofi (Blue Note, 1970)

Notes: Written by saxophonist Frank Foster.

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Blacknuss
Rahsaan Roland Kirk — Dog Years in the Fourth Ring (32 Jazz, 1972)
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Night Lights
Gerry Mulligan — Night Lights (Polygram, 1963)

Notes: Closing theme.

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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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