Live at the Donaueschingen Music Festival Archie Shepp
- 1One for the Trane, Pt. I22:07
- 2One for the Trane, Pt. Ii21:54
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An episodic free jazz classic. Saxophonist Archie Shepp’s sound encompasses traces of Ben Webster, table-jumping, shouting r&b tenor players, and the explorations of the ‘60’s avant-garde, enveloping them into his own unmistakable sound filled with passion, pain, anger, and a dazzling beauty. Accompanied by Roswell Rudd and Grachan Monchur the two trombonists who worked in his greatest groups, as well as Jimmy Garrison, bassist in John Coltrane’s legendary quartet, and drummer Beaver Harris, Shepp and co explore the outer edges, at the same time digging into the fecund ground of swing, bop, and r&b. By the way, when you hear a tailgating Avant-Dixie trombone style, that’s Roswell. Grachan is the mellower of the two. One For Trane is a two-part piece dedicated to the great John Coltrane, who had died earlier that year (1967). The first section opens with Garrison’s inspired deep-throated Spanish-tinged bass solo, then focuses on Shepp’s stentorian playing accompanied by an incendiary trombone-bass-drums background. The second includes trombone solos, especially Rudd, as well as an off-the-wall version of “The Shadow of Your Smile”. For those who are fans of the 60’s avant-garde, a must–have; for those who have steered away from “free jazz”, a good place to take a spin. But fasten your seatbelts – this is a high-speed ride.
Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone
Grachan Moncur, trombone
Roswell Rudd, trombone
Jimmy Garrison, bass
Beaver Harris, drums
Engineered by Rolf Donner
Produced by Joachim E. Berendt
is a New York City native and alumnus of Goddard College. Archie started playing jazz in the early 60's and continues to dazzle audiences around the world playing tenor saxophone and piano, accompanied by his soulful voice. Currently residing in Massachusetts, he teaches music history as a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Archie has collaborated with Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef, as well as countless other jazz greats. Mr Shepp received the distinguished New England Foundation for the Arts Achievement in Music Award in 1995. The following is an excerpt from Scott Cashman during the award presentation:
"Archie Shepp really began his career as a professional musician when Cecil Taylor gave him an opportunity to join his group in 1960. John Coltrane's appreciation of his artistry led to Shepp's recording contract with Impulse!. Throughout the 1960s he participated in a collective innovation which introduced a new set of possibilities for African American music. Known as either "Free Jazz" or "Avant-Garde Jazz" this music spoke to a generation not content with the status quo in terms of music and social equality. As a spokesperson for this new music Shepp proved to be intelligent, educated, forceful and controversial. Through it all, in his music, spoken and written words, and non-musical jobs, he was a forceful advocate for equality and justice.
Beginning in the 1970s Archie Shepp began to experiment with the various forms of his African American musical heritage. Mainstream jazz, traditional spirituals and blues, and original compositions were explored in settings ranging from duos to his Attica Blues Big Band.
Today, in addition to being a master of the tenor saxophone, I believe that through his performances he has become one of the most profound bluesmen on the scene. I don't have to wait for his old age to proclaim my belief that he is one of our national treasures."
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