Archie Shepp – Attica Blues

Director: Frank Cassenti
Genre: Live Show


In 1972, jazz legend Archie Shepp wrote his masterpiece, Attica blues, in response to the Attica prison riots. After the murder of Black Panther George Jackson in San Quentin prison, a mutiny was organized at Attica prison in New York against the conditions of the prisoners and the racism of the guards. The riots resulted in 39 deaths. The following year, Archie Shepp, a committed saxophonist, paid tribute to the insurgents in a grandiose album, mixing blues and funk, soul and jazz. Exactly forty years later, Archie Shepp, with a new big band at his side, revisits his timeless and poignant Attica blues at the Cité de la Musique. This free jazz singer celebrates at least as much the Afro-Americans’ fight for equality as all the facets of black music with what could almost be considered a modern opera. At 75 years old, the man who worked with the greatest (John Coltrane, Chet Baker…) and spent 50 years at the forefront of jazz is still as inhabited, his playing still as energetic, and his touch as delicate. A great man, who speaks with his guts.

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