Great Music Hopes for a Great Society

Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, this day, 1964. Almost fifty years later, Wadada Leo Smith produced his monumental, fascinating and expressive 10 Freedom Summers, an outstanding juxtaposition of contemporary classical composing and jazz playing. It sprawls across four CDs and is one of the great musical works of the early 21st century.

Fifty years after the Civil Rights Act became law, Cuneiform records has one of the sections from the recording, “Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society and the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” available for streaming in its entirety (twenty-four minutes of music). Listen through Soundcloud or Bandcamp, or just hit play below:

This will be available for one week only. If you need the rest, buy it at Amazon or download from iTunes.


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