Opinions on Archie Shepp?

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Magic of Ju-Ju is stellar. Brilliant running-or-cycling-through-busy-city music.

dinnerboat, Wednesday, 14 September 2016 15:47 (three years ago) link

thanks for inspiring me to listen to Magic of Ju-Ju yesterday. It ruled.

I wish you could see my home. It's... it's so... exciting (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 15 September 2016 15:34 (three years ago) link

Attica Blues is such an odd record. Bizarre to see it praised as his best upthread lol old ilm

Οὖτις, Thursday, 15 September 2016 15:39 (three years ago) link

There's good stuff on it sure, but some p dire stuff too. If I had to pick one it might be Blase tbh.

Οὖτις, Thursday, 15 September 2016 15:40 (three years ago) link

So many good ones in the late '60s and early '70s - The Way Ahead, Mama Too Tight, Blasé, The Magic of Ju-Ju, Live in San Francisco, Poem for Malcolm, Yasmina, a Black Woman...one that gets overlooked a lot is Archie Shepp and the Full Moon Ensemble, a double LP with Alan Shorter, Clifford Thornton, and a French rhythm section (Joseph Dejean on electric guitar, Beb Guerin on bass, and Claude Delcloo on drums).

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 15 September 2016 16:05 (three years ago) link

I think another of his underrated albums is the Three For Freedom twin piano trio one with Waldron/Tchangodei, him and Waldron made a few fine duet albums and worked well together - not that I'm saying they are essential but they are personal faves.

calzino, Thursday, 15 September 2016 17:07 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

81 years old today. The Magic of Ju-Ju may be one of the most remarkable tracks cut in the “New Thing” era.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 24 May 2018 15:49 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

been on a Shepp revival/new discovery thing lately

3 favorite songs all over 18 minutes:

"A Portrait of Robert Thomson (As a Young Man)"
"The Magic of Ju-Ju"
"Yasmina, A Black Woman"

nicky lo-fi, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:18 (two years ago) link

saw this dude at jazzfest this year, he's so fuckin great

flamenco blorf (BradNelson), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:24 (two years ago) link

I interviewed him back in 2014. It was awesome. I'd love to talk to him again.

grawlix (unperson), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:30 (two years ago) link

That may be the only interview where a) Archie is asked about Bill Dixon, and/or b) he actually mentions Bill Dixon.

Bill would get annoyed because interviewers always asked him about working with Archie; "Did you ever ask Archie about working with me?"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 18:39 (two years ago) link

I still love his Three For Freedom lp with Mal Waldron and some mystery 2nd pianist called Tchangodei and the other downbeat and bluesy duo albums with Waldron of which I can't remember the names of!

calzino, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:09 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/how-jazz-legend-archie-shepp-his-nephew-raw-poetic-and-a-cast-of-dc-musicians-teamed-up-for-an-experimental-improvised-album/2020/05/21/9d6e359c-991a-11ea-a282-386f56d579e6_story.html

The lessons he learned from Shepp’s records were finally put to use last year, when Moore and his octogenarian uncle officially collaborated for the first time during one marathon session at Blue Room Productions in Herndon, Va. The result is “Ocean Bridges,” a fully improvised album on which Moore, Shepp and DJ/producer/drummer/vibraphonist Damu the Fudgemunk (a.k.a. Earl Davis), along with several hip-hop and jazz scene stalwarts of the D.C. region, tap into both of those genres’ more experimental sides and ultimately find a sound that isn’t fully aligned with either one.

j., Saturday, 23 May 2020 05:45 (one month ago) link

can't wait to hear this and Damu the Fudgemunk is such an inspired moniker!

calzino, Saturday, 23 May 2020 09:29 (one month ago) link


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