For Your Consideration in 2 GRAMMY® Categories: FREEDOM FIRST
  • Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Contemporary Instrumental Album


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Freedom First features 21 musicians, including Grammy®-winner Arturo O’Farrill, and Brian Jackson, Caroline Davis, Nick Hakim...and more. The album mixes contemporary jazz (original compositions and arrangements of John Coltrane’s masterpieces) with spoken word poetry written and recited by Keith LaMar from his cell on death row in Ohio, making it a soulful project whose goal reaches far beyond music. 


*FREEDOM FIRST is the first album in history created by an artist from death row.*


The State of Ohio intends to execute Keith LaMar on Nov 16, 2023. He is innocent. We intend to stop them.


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This image was taken at a LIVE performance of Freedom First in November 2021 at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Performers include from L-to-R: Albert Marquès (piano/composer), Erin Corinne (vocals/flute), Caroline Davis (alto sax); Freddy Quintero (bass), Salim Washington (tenor sax), and Marc Ayza (drums), along with Keith LaMar via telephone from Ohio State Penitentiary (spoken word poetry).