Sounds in the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr.


January 11th, 2006 ~ We celebrate the work and life of Dr. King through the sounds of freedom, including two guests who have added their own voices to that choir. Sixties soul queen Fontella Bass used her gospel background and voice to make freedom statements of her own, such as her biggest hit "Rescue Me." Scholar, critic and hepcat Albert Murray tells us how African-Americans have used blues and jazz as a springboard to a better place--and why Duke Ellington called him the "unsquarest person I know." Plus music from John Coltrane, Johnny Cash, the Staples Singers and more.

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  • Open Bed: Change is Gonna Come King Curtis
    The Best of King Curtis, Capitol
  • Freedom Train James Carr
    The Essential James Carr, Razor & Tie
  • Change It Kathleen Cleaver
    Black Power: Music of a Revolution, Shout! Factory
  • Freedom Train Honeyboy Edwards, Floyd Jones, Kansas City Red, Sunnyland Slim & Big Walter Horton
    Old Friends, Earwig
  • Gospel Train Wright Brothers Gospel Singers
    Negro Spirituals and Gospel Songs, Blues Encore
  • Song of the Underground Railroad The John Coltrane Quartet
    The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions, Impulse
  • Instrumental: Lift Every Voice and Sing Reginald R. Robinson
    Euphonic Sounds, Delmark
  • Why? (Am I Treated So Bad) The Staple Singers
    The Gospel Sound, Columbia/Legacy
  • Address To Civil Rights Marchers in Washington D.C. Martin Luther King
    Great Speeches of the 20th Century, Rhino
  • I'm Free At Last Southern Sons
    Negro Spirituals and Gospel Songs Vol.2, Blues Encore
  • Get Your Rights, Jack CORE Freedom Singers
    Voices of the Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966, Folkways
  • INTERVIEW: Fontella Bass
  • Instrumental: Redemption Song Monty Alexander w/ Special Guest Ernest Ranglin
    Rocksteady, Telarc
  • Cole, Cooke & Redding Wilson Pickett
    A Man and a Half, Rhino
  • A Change is Gonna Come Otis Redding
    Otis Blue, ATCO
  • Blowin' in the Wind Sam Cooke
    At the Copa, ABKCO
  • The Man in Black Johnny Cash
    The Man in Black, 1963-1969, Bear Family
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken Jerry Lee Lewis
    Classic Jerry Lee Lewis, Bear Family
  • Open Bed: Happy Go Lucky Local Duke Ellington
    Blues Masters, Vol. 13: New York City Blues, Rhino
  • Ofay and Oxford Gray Louis Jordan
    The Hoy Hoy Collection: Rock Before Elvis, Stash
  • It Ain't Necessarily So Mary Lou Williams
    Black Christ of the Andes, Folkways
  • Straighten Up and Fly Right Nat King Cole
    Rockin' Boppin' and Blues, Capitol
  • Go Down Moses Ebony Three
    Negro Spirituals & Gospel Songs Vol.1, Blues Encore
  • Joshua Fit the Battle Elvis Presley
    His Hand in Mine, RCA
  • Instrumental: At The Cross Sonny Treadway
    Sacred Steel Traditional Sacred Africa-American Steel Guitar Music in Florida, Arhoolie
  • Jim Crow Blues Leadbelly
    Bourgeois Blues, Folkways
  • When a Black Man's Blue Duke Ellington
    Centennial Edition: The Compete RCA/Victor Recordings 1927-1973, RCA
  • INTERVIEW: Albert Murray
  • Instrumental: We Shall Not Be Moved Just Cause
    Standards, Water Street Music
  • Uncle Sam Says Josh White
    Living in the House of Blues: Defiance Blues, HOB
  • Down by the Riverside Snooks Eaglin
    Country Boy In New Orleans, Arhoolie
  • War No More (AKA Down by the Riverside) The Maytals
    Presenting the Maytals: Never Grow Old, Heartbeat
  • Martin Luther King Indians of the Nation
    Indians of the Nation: United We Stand Divided We Fall, Indians of the Nation
  • Down by the Riverside Preservation Hall Jazz Band
    The Best of the Early Years, Preservation Hall
  • End Bed: Hymn to Freedom Oscar Peterson
    Night Train, Verve