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Archie Shepp: I Hear A Sound

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Lest we forget. And certainly, how could we forget the struggles of the late-sixties and early- 1970s against racism, oppression, the Vietnam War? With the assassinations of JFK, MLK, Malcolm X, and Bobby Kennedy and the counter-culture movement scrambling the American identity, some believed the country was ripe for its own revolution. Music was (and I cannot now honestly say 'is') on the front lines of the rebellion. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young's reaction to Kent State, “Ohio," was recorded less than 3 weeks after the National Guard killed 4 civilians. Charles Mingus' “Fables of Faubus" criticized the ...

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Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

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Saxophonist Archie Shepp wrote “Attica Blues" in 1972, not long after a five-day uprising at that New York state prison left thirty-nine people dead, twenty-nine of whom were inmates. Now, more than forty years later, Shepp's Attica Blues Orchestra (comprised for the most part of French musicians) has resurrected the “Blues" and made it the linchpin of a new album, I Hear the Sound, which includes five more compositions by Shepp, three by Cal Massey, one by pianist Amina Claudine Myers and Duke Ellington's “Come Sunday," arranged by Ernie Wilkins. The strident, toe-tapping “Blues," which opens with ...

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Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra: I Hear the Sound

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Recorded in France in 2012 and 2013, I Hear the Sound is a live recording of saxophonist Archie Shepp's oratorio, “Attica Blues," co-written and arranged with Cal Massey in 1971, which was first heard on an Impulse! album a year later. Most of that album, Attica Blues, is revisited, with some adjustments to the running order of the tunes. In addition, Duke Ellington's “Come Sunday" is woven into the middle of the suite, and Shepp's “Mama Too Tight," the title track of a 1967 Impulse! album, serves as a coda. The background: On September 9, 1971, a riot ...



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