Freedom Suite is a collaborative album by hip hop quartet The Beast and 6-time Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon. The album's release coincided with the launch of the revolutionary jazz-blog Revivalist. Freedom Suite garnered international acclaim for The Beast’s progressive lyrics and eclectic jazz-infused production. The album features 9th Wonder, Phonte, Darien Brockington, Rapsody, The Apple Juice Kid and Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo) AND MORE.
released October 26, 2010
The Beast is: Pierce Freelon (vox), Eric Hirsh (piano), Peter Kimosh (bass), Stephen Coffman (drums)
Guests: 9th Wonder, YahZarah, Rapsody, Tyler Woods, Geechi Suede, Kooley High, Phonte, King Mez, Thee Tom Hardy, Carlitta Durand, Darien Brockington, Shirlette Ammons, Aaron James, Freddie Watts, Dark Matter, Chan Diesel, DJ Ill Digitz, Daniel Seeff (guitar), Brevan Hampton (percussion), Igmar Thomas (trumpet), Tim Smith (sax), Andy Kleindienst (trombone), Leah Peroutka (violin), Jenavieve Varga (vioin), Matt Chicurel (viola), Drew Anagnost (cello)
Tracked at Osceola, Steady State and Sound Pure Studios.