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Baptiste, Denys / Let Freedom Ring!
Album:Let Freedom Ring! Collection:Jazz
Artist:Baptiste, Denys Added:02/2005

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Add Date:2005-02-13 Pull Date:2005-04-17 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:17 Apr3 Apr13 Mar6 Mar27 Feb20 Feb

 Recent Airplay
1.Feb 25, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum
With this Faith
4.Oct 03, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Free at Last!
2.May 14, 2010:No Cover, No Minimum
With this Faith
5.Apr 04, 2008:Memory Select
With this Faith
3.May 22, 2009:No Cover, No Minimum
Free at Last!
6.Apr 04, 2008:No Cover, No Minimum
Free at Last!

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-02-11 
Accessible, post-bop jazz with spoken word in a Ken Nordine-like bass voice (Ben Okri). This is a jazz suite devoted to Martin Luther King’s famous speech and vision. Tracks are long and expansive, with Baptiste going for a “jazz symphony” kind of sound.

1- Gently swaying feel. Deep and breezy. Includes a cool violin solo (-7:30)

2- Brash New Orleans feel: Trumpet solo, then jumping and joyous midtempo. Poetry near the end calls black people to draw power from the limitations handed down by society: “embrace our marginalization … for [it] can well be the key to some of the most beautiful energies.” Uplifting.

3- Mid/fast, nicely complex theme. Then a spacey poetry break and a free blowout with some wicked soloing by Baptiste.

4- Joyous “grand conclusion” with a choir singing “free at last.” Gets a bit cheesy, admittedly, but has a nice rolling, dusky, post-bop backdrop.

Track Listing
1.I Have a Dream 3.Let Freedom Ring!
2.With this Faith 4.Free at Last!