Archie Shepp and Chris McGregor - Camden '81

LONDON Barbican Cinemas 2&3
Barbican, Beech Street


A fascinating double bill drawn from a landmark Channel 4 series, stylishly filmed at the Roundhouse by Mike Dodds at the 1981 Camden Jazz Festival: the ancestor of today’s EFG London Jazz Festival. Seeing the light for the first time since their original TV broadcast in 1983, these two films catch two giants of contemporary jazz in their prime, with interview and backstage coverage complementing some great music

Archie Shepp - the firebrand saxophonist who emerged in the maelstrom of the 1960s avante-garde - fronts a terrific quintet, while South African pianist/leader. Musicians: Archie Shepp (sax), Charles Newbanks (piano), Charles McGee (trumpet), Santi De Briano (bass), John Betsch (drums) 

Chris McGregor leads an edition of his irrepressibly rocking Brotherhood of Breath, packed with talented soloists from South Africa, Europe and the States. Musicians: Chris McGregorHarry Beckett, Marc CharigDave DefriesPeter Segona, Radu MalfattiGlenn FerrisErnest Mothle, Didier LevalletAbdre GoudbeekBruce GrantLouis SelavisGeorge LeeJean-Claude MontredonBrian Abrahams.

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