One of the outlets for bassist Charlie Haden's multifarious musical interests is the politically charged, progressive Liberation Music Orchestra. In July 1992, the Orchestra - a powerhouse of some of the top names in jazz - brought the collaborative sound of their album Dream Keeper to the Montreal International jazz Festival. the African National Congress anthem, 'Nkosi Sikekek'i Afrika', opens the program and sets the tone, with a blistering solo from the alto sax of Makanda Ken McIntype and a more reflective one by tenor giant Joe Lovano. A suite-like series of traditional melodies from Latin America, plus a cry of defiance from the Spanish Civil War, follow: then Haden and his troops deliver a mix of rapture, joyous celebration and introspective interludes inside Carla Bley's stirring arrangements. the bill winds up with Haden's own 'Spiritual', whose every heartfelt phrase seems to denote the tired joy of emancipation.
Tracklisting: 1. Opening 2. Nkosi Sikee'i Afrika 3. Dream Keeper 4. Feliciano Ama 5. Dream Keeper 6. Canto del Pilon 7. Dream Keeper 8. Canto del Pilon 9. Hymn Of The Anarchist 10. Dream Keeper 11. Spiritual 12. End Credits