Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go
The London premiere of this intimate interchange and chemistry between two jazz virtuosos.
Two jazz visionaries from different generations, Archie Shepp and Jason Moran released an intimate duo album at the beginning of this year. Stemming from a friendship which got nurtured on several occasions of playing and experimenting together at European festivals led to “Let My People Go”, a new collection of live recordings.
This duo is an embodiment of an exquisite dialogue shaped by their common inspirations like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, and Thelonious Monk. They carve the sound with their own contemporary angles; Shepp ever-evolving from 1960s free jazz, and Moran combining compositional flair and spectacular improvisation.
Saxophone player, composer, pianist, singer, musical and political mastermind Archie Shepp and modern jazz icon, pianist, composer and multidisciplinary artist Jason Moran bring in their shared devotion for the African American cultural tradition, identity and history into this musical conversation.
'Let My People Go' is at its core a conversation between a jazz elder and a modern virtuoso, one that draws on a rich history of ideas, but offers space to further the discussion.Pitchfork