Archie Shepp's Tribute to John Coltrane
The saxophone legend entres Kongsberg Jazzfestival 2019
When a saxophone legend honors another, you know that jazz history is written in front of your own eyes.
Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, politically committed poet, playwright – Archie Shepp is a legend. He populates his musical world with themes and stylistic elements provided by the greatest voices of jazz: from Ellington to Monk and Mingus, from Parker to Silver and Taylor. His technical and emotional capacity enables him to integrate the varied elements inherited by the Masters of Tenor from Webster to Coltrane into his own playing but according to his own very original concept: the wild raspiness of his attacks, his massive sound sculpted by a vibrato mastered in all ranges, his phrases carried to breathlessness, his abrupt level changes, the intensity of his tempos and the velvety tenderness woven into ballads are all characteristic of his emotional compass. His sound represents two essential esthetic qualities of black American music: blues and spirituals. His music expresses itself as a unique mix of wounded violence and age-old nostalgia.