11 NOVEMBER, MONDAY
AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA
9pm – Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30
Archie Shepp: saxophone. Carl Henri Morisset: piano. Matyas Szandai: double bass. Steve McCraven: drums.
To speak of Archie Shepp means to evoke an exceptional and unique era when jazz was committed, blood and guts, to a wider general radical movement. The whole American society was in ferment. Civil rights marches, pacifist demonstrations, ghetto riots. The cap of suffocating conformism had popped and a new consciousness had taken hold demanding changes. Shepp embodied the union between avant-garde free jazz and political commitment. From militant frescoes, such as Attica Blues, to the afrocentrism of Live at the Pan African Festival. Then it was time to go back to the blues, so Shepp added piano and singing to his gruff, uncompromising saxophone. As the poet and writer Amiri Baraka, who collaborated with the saxophonist, wrote: “We are the blues.”