Archie Shepp - tenor & soprano saxophones, voice with Jimmy Owens (conductor), Amina Claudine Myers, Marion Rampal, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Tom McClung, Famoudou Don Moye, Reggie Washington, Pierre Durand, Stéphane Belmondo, Izidor Leitinger, Christophe Leloil, Olivier Miconi, Sébastien Llado, Simon Sieger, Romain Morello, Michaël Ballue, Raphaël Imbert, Olivier Chaussade, François Théberge, Virgile Lefebvre, Jean-Philippe Scali, Manon Tenoudji, Steve Duong, Antoine Carlier, Louise Rosbach.
On September 9, 1971, a riot broke out in Attica Prison, New York State, and quickly spread. Five days later the prison was re-taken by force and 39 people were left dead: 29 prisoners and 10 hostages. At first, the administration tried to blame the guards' deaths on the rioters, before being forced to renege.
In January 1972, Archie Shepp recorded the album Attica Blues
in tribute to this rebellion. After the original and the repeat performance at the Palais des Glaces in 1979 of his Attica Blues Orchestra, Archie Shepp in 2012 revived this fantastic ensemble, together with a brilliant and dynamic collective of performers. It is an orchestra which transcends styles and epochs. The band international in scope, combining the extraordinary abilities of great American artists such as: Amina Claudine Myers, Famoudou Don Moye, Ambrose Akinmusire
and Reggie Washington, with an array of some of the brightest stars on the European horizon—a 26-piece orchestra which emits a unique generational and cultural ambiance.
The album was recorded on September 9, 2012 at the Jazz à La Villette Festival, June 14, 2013 at CNCDC de Châteauvallon and on June 17, 2013 at Les Nuits de Fourvière Festival.
Track listing: 1. Attica Blues 8'02 / 2. Arms 7'31 / 3. Blues for Brother G. Jackson 6'56 / 4. Come Sunday 6'36 / 5. The Cry of My People 6'53 / 6. Quiet Dawn 9'12 / 7. Déjà-vu 5'48 / 8. Steam 5'41 / 9. Goodbye Sweet Pop's 8'15 / 10. Ballad for a Child 5'04 / 11. Mama Too Tight 7'03Read the All About Jazz review