Following the Attica Prison riots in 1971, in which 39 people were killed following a rebellion of black inmates over poor living conditions, free jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp released jazz masterpiece Attica Blues, in which he took a stand for black civil rights.
Just over forty years after the release of the album on Impulse! Records – home to John Coltrane and Ray Charles among others – Archie Shepp revisits this monument of jazz history with a new big band composed of a mix of experienced artists and young musicians from the United States and France.
A blend of spiritual music, blues, Ellingtonian orchestrations and fun, the classics from the original album will be performed by the new big band, alongside newly added compositions.
Attica Blues Big Band:
Archie Shepp sax/vocal
Amina Claudine Myers choir/piano
Tom McClung piano
Marion Rampal, Denise King choir
Stéphane Belmondo, Izidor Leitinger, Quentin Ghomari, Olivier Miconi trumpet
Sébastien Llado, Michael Ballue, Simon Sieger, Romain Morello trombone
Reggie Washington bass
Francois Théberge, Virgile Lefebvre sax tenor
Raphaël Imbert, Olivier Chaussade sax alto
Jean Philippe Scali sax baryton
Famoudou Don Moye drums
Louise Rosbach cello
Antoine Carlier alto
Steve Duong, Manon Tenoudji violin
Pierre Durand guitar
12pm FreeStage Next Generation Takes Over
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