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1 - SHEPP, ARCHIE - A SEA OF FACES - (LP) 
BLACKSAINT VINYL


Recorded in Milan (Italy) and originally released in 1975 "Sea of Faces" stands as one of Shepp's strongest recordings of the Seventies. A highly varied program, covering Shepp's entire spectrum and performed by an all-star line up featuring Archie Shepp - tenor & soprano sax, piano, vocals, Charles Greenlee - trombone, tambourine, vocals, Dave Burrell - piano, Cameron Brown - bass, Beaver Harris - drums, tambourine, vocals, Rafi Taha - vocals, Bunny Foy - vocals, maracas, percussion. The album includes the famous 26 minutes long "Hypnosis" a groovy extended jam in full spiritual Jazz mode.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Hipnosis26:10 02. Song For Mozambique / Poem: A Sea Of Faces8:05 03. I Know Bout The Life5:20 04. Lookin' For Someone To Love9:34


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 13-12-2019
Item # : 538255     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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2 - SHEPP, ARCHIE - BIRD FIRE - (LP) 
JAZZWERKSTATT


This Shepp date, recorded in Paris in 1979 under the auspices of being a tribute to Charlie Parker with a host of stringers, is a testament to two things: how far Shepp's star had fallen despite his still-considerable abilities as a musician, and how dire times must have been for him to choose such a bad band to hook up with. With a trumpet player and rhythm section -- all of who will remain nameless -- Shepp bills this set as a "tribute to Charlie Parker." The real reason these three Parker tunes were chosen and the other standard, "Lover Man," was because this was the only material the band could agree on. Many might argue that with choices like "Au Privave," "Parker's Mood," and "Now's the Time," the material is plenty hot on the bebop chart. But this music isn't played like that; it's played at a drugged-out tempo. The common wisdom is that Shepp could no longer -- if he ever could -- play these tunes in their original time signatures. That's ridiculous. The fact of the matter is that his pianist and bass player are sluggish; Shepp had to turn the standards into blues jams so they could hang. And why would he do this? To eat, man, to eat. Things were tough scuffling in 1979 before the Wynton revival in jazz really polished off the '60s cats, and at that time Shepp was down on his luck. As a tenor player, however, his solos here are as inspired as ever, which makes this record even more of a heartbreaking shame.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Lover Man8:55 02. Au Privave10:20 03. Parker's Mood11:10 04. Now The Time8:45


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 19-03-2015
Item # : 472690     
Availability: IN STOCK
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3 - SHEPP, ARCHIE - BIRD FIRE - (CD) 
JAZZWERKSTATT





Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 19-03-2015
Item # : 472696     
Availability: IN STOCK
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4 - SHEPP, ARCHIE - THE TRADITION - (LP) 
ALTERNATIVE FOX


Avant-garde giant Archie Shepp made an indelible contribution to experimental jazz. Double-LP The Tradition was recorded in Rome in 1977 for Horo Records with drummer Clifford Jarvis and bassist Cameron Brown; the raucous "Hooray For Mal" has shades of be-bop, while Duke Ellingtons "Sophisticated Lady" is largely tackled by Shepp on upright piano (with gorgeous soloing by Brown); "Things Have Got To Change" hearkens to Shepps experience of the Pan-African Cultural Festival of Algiers of 1969 and Ellingtons "I Didnt Know About You" is relayed as a soft tenor ballad with rough edges.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Hooray For Mal 19:55 02. Sophisticated Lady 18:23 03. Things Have Got To Change 19:05 04. I Didn't Know About You 20:12


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 2
Release date: 20-03-2020
Item # : 541361     
Availability: 2/3 WEEKS, NOT IN STOCK
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