Episode 4: Freedom is a Constant Struggle

18–21 Apr 2013
Tramway, Glasgow


Amiri Baraka & Henry Grimes
22:00–23:00 Sun 21 Apr
 / Glasgow

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  • Henry Grimes, outside, holds a double bass in a green, material bag
    Henry Grimes
  • Amiri Baracka speaks into a microphone, gesticulating with his hands
    Amiri Baracka
  • A letter from James Farmer at CORE, thanking Henry Grimes
    A letter to Henry Grimes, from James Farmer of CORE

About the event


Amiri Baraka stands alongside a handful of others, (Baldwin, Douglass, Ellison, Hughes, Hurston, Wheatley…) as one of the great African-American literary figures. Founder of the Black Art Movement, he is America’s great radicalised poet transcribing the tragic as political despair, the broken rhythms of blackness: radicalism set to work.
Henry Grimes was central in defining the bass sound of free jazz on monumental recordings and performances with Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor… and he remains central today. His is a sound of syncopation and anarchic organization, spanning bone dry sawing to rich harmonic shading.