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Freedom, Justice and Hope

Featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in creative collaboration with social justice activist and founder of The Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson, the recording features new arrangements of some of the most important protest songs in jazz history and new works by featured guest artists Endea Owens and Josh Evans.

Freedom, Justice and Hope

Album Info

Ensemble JLCO with Wynton Marsalis
Release Date June 14th, 2024
Recording Date March 31st-April 1st, 2021
Record Label Blue Engine Records
Catalogue Number BE0053
Formats CD, Digital Download
Genre Jazz at Lincoln Center Recordings, Jazz Recordings

Track Listing

Track Length Preview
Introduction: A Less Glorious Story 4:48
The Freedom Suite: Movement I 6:23
Interlude: Exiles and Refugees 1:56
Honeysuckle Rose 5:24
Interlude: Freedom Doesn’t Work Without Justice 4:24
Elaine 14:13
Interlude: Four Precious Little Girls 2:13
Alabama 5:25
Interlude: A Life of Truth-telling 3:00
Ida’s Crusade 8:01
Interlude: Change 3:03
Meditations on Integration 9:06
Conclusion: Something Better Waiting for Us 3:19
We Shall Overcome 5:13



Sherman Irby – alto and soprano saxophone
Ted Nash – alto and soprano saxophone, flute
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Walter Blanding – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Paul Nedzela – baritone saxophone

Ryan Kisor – trumpet
Kenny Rampton – trumpet
Marcus Printup – trumpet
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet

Vincent Gardner – trombone
Chris Crenshaw – trombone
Elliot Mason – trombone

Dan Nimmer – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Obed Calvaire – drums

Bryan Stevenson – spoken word (tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 13), piano (tracks 2 & 6)
Josh Evans – trumpet (track 3)
Endea Owens – bass (track 5)

Additional credits:

Executive Producer: Wynton Marsalis
Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Engineer: Todd Whitelock
Recorded at Jazz at Lincoln Center on March 31st-April 1st, 2021
Label Head and A&R: Gabrielle Armand
Label Manager: Jake Cohen
Product & Marketing Associate: Alexa Ford
Director of Public Relations and External Communications: Zooey T. Jones
Assistant Director of Public Relations: Madelyn Gardner
Art Direction: Brian Welesko