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Archie Shepp crowdsourcing new Attica Blues big band

Jazz legend Archie Shepp is asking for donations to put together a new Attica Blues Big Band. The original Attica Blues release (and subsequent big band) commemorated the 1971 Attica prison riot. This 70s iteration was recorded with the financial backing of a major label, but this time around Shepp is recording the music himself, and releasing it on his own Archiball label. He'll be using a group of mostly young French musicians, a total of 26 people including himself.

Shepp's raised just over $4,000 towards a target of $20,000, and there's 11 days on the clock. As per usual, if he doesn't make it, the project doesn't make a penny. Watch the promotional video below.