ANTHONY JOSEPH. VOCALS / SHABAKA HUTCHINS. SAXOPHONES / JOSÉ CURIER. BASS / COURTNEY JONES. DRUMS, STEEL PAN / ROGER RASPAIL. PERCUSSIONS
Anthony Joseph is as much a poet as a word musician. When he arrived in England, straight from Trinidad, in the late eighties, he made himself known with poems. Than he used his "Spasm Band" to make live renditions of his inflamed word that conjures the world (like the Rastafarians who use "words-sounds-power"). His art is a mixing, on the altar of great hybrid black music, of free jazz boldness, psychedelic soul sweetness, voodoo funk frenzy, Congo punk surrealism and rapso - half rap, half calypso - from Trinidad...
Anthony Joseph plays a poetic instrument made out of several essences, and equipped with five strings: voice, language, music, conscience and imagination. Meshell NdegeOcello was keen to produce his last album.
ARCHIE SHEPP ATTICA BLUES BIG BANDInédit"To Duke"
ARCHIE SHEPP. SAXOPHONES, VOCALS / IZIDOR LEITINGER, OLIVIER MICONI, CHRISTOPHE LELOIL. TRUMPETS / OLIVIER CHAUSSADE. ALTO SAXOPHONE / FRANÇOIS THÉBERGE. VIRGILE LEFEBVRE, TENOR SAXOPHONE / JEAN-PHILIPE SCALI. BARITONE SAXOPHONE / SÉBASTIEN LLADO, MICHAËL BALLUE, ROMAIN MORELLO. TROMBONES / PIERRE DURAND. GUITAR / DARRYL HALL. BASS, DOUBLE BASS / TOM MC CLUNG. PIANO / FAMODOU DON MOYE. DRUMS / NICOLE ROCHELLE, MARION RAMPAL. VOCALS
Archie Shepp's life story follows the beat of Jazz and Great Black Music. Past 75, he teaches us a lesson on life and music that reveals it's all about the desire of freedom, just like his own life.
With this new Attica Blues Big Band, Archie Shepp is again willing to play Afro-American music: blues and rhythm'n'blues, be bop and free jazz, all sorts of flowing pop music. This "big band" was put together in 1972 for a recording on the famous Impulse! company as a protest against the Attica prison massacre in September 1971. It proves that music tells about humanity's highest yearnings. Since it was created, Archie Shepp's big band reappeared several times, first in 1979, then three years ago with the help of Jazz à Porquerolles and Châteauvallon.
The 2015 version stands by Archie Shepp's will to celebrate Afro-American struggles and music with new guests - and fellow traveller Famadou Don Moye as the drum keeper.
Sponsored by Spedidam. Coproduced by Archieball / Jazz à Porquerolles / Chateauvallon / Festival jazz à la Villette.