Archie Shepp, Lars Gullin – The House I Live In (SCCD 36013)

SCCD 36013 The House I Live In / Archie Shepp/Lars Gullin Quintet Saxophonist and playwright Archie Shepp (b. May 24, 1937 in Fort Lauderdale. FL) then 26 years old visited Copenhagen in the fall of 1963 as a member of the famed New York Contemporary Five. Though Shepp at that time was the passionate practitioner of Free jazz, this recording in which he shared the bandstand with Sweden’s legendary baritone sax Gullin is something quite different from what one normally expects from Shepp in the 60s. It is Shepp playing straight jazz with audible enjoyment showing off his broad range of expression. 1. You stepped out of a dream (Brown/Kahn)2. … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – Looking At Bird (SCCD 31149)

SCCD 31149 Looking At Bird / Archie Shepp & Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen “… a serious meditation in the Parker universe: Shepp accompanied only by the extraordinary bass of intuitive Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen… The two musicians here in this Parker revisited, however, do not get lost in the immense shadow of the idol …” (Télérama) 1. Moose the mooche (Charlie Parker)2. Embraceable you (George Gershwin)3. Ornithology (Charlie Parker)4. Billie's bounce (Charlie Parker)5. Yardbird suite (Charlie Parker)6. Blues for Alice (Charlie Parker)7. How deep is the ocean (Irving Berlin)8. Confirmation (Charlie Parker) UPC/EAN: 716043114924 … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan – Trouble In Mind (SCCD 31139)

SCCD 31139 Trouble In Mind / Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan Three years after the sensational spiritual recording by this duo “Goin’ Home” (SCCD 31079) producer Nils Winther had Archie and Horace in the studio again. The theme this time was traditional blues. Once again the Shepp-Parlan duo made one of the best selling SteepleChase releases. England’s Gramophone magazine called the duo “ a powerful and ultimately inspirational collaboration ”. This recording was awarded the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for Modern Jazz Und Jazz-Rock of 1982 by the prestigious Deutsche Phono Akademie. 1. Backwater blues (Traditional)2. Trouble in mind (Traditional)3. Nobody knows you when you're down and out (Traditional)4. Careless love blues … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Jasper van’t Hof – Mama Rose (SCCD 31169)

SCCD 31169 Mama Rose / Archie Shepp & Jasper Van’t Hof Following the highly successful duo series by Archie Shepp (with Horace Parlan SCCD 31079 “Goin’ Home”, SCCD 31139 “Trouble In Mind” and with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen SCCD 31149 “Looking At Bird”), here with Holland’s leading keyboard player Jasper Van’t Hof the great saxophonist mesmerised the audience with his electrifying performance. 1. Contracts (Jasper van't Hof)2. Mama Rose (Archie Shepp)3. Pipo (Jasper van't Hof)4. Kalimba (Jasper van't Hof)5. Recovered residence (Jasper van't Hof) UPC/EAN: 716043116928 … Continue reading

Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan – Goin’ Home (SCCD 31079)

SCCD 31079 Goin' Home / Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan When the album by this unlikely duet of Shepp and Parlan playing hymns and spirituals came out in 1978 for the first time, it was an instant success and has become a classic since then. It is a success of unique theme (by the producer Nils Winther) and of sheer strength of musical material and of performance executed with grace and sensitivity. “ …an overwhelming and emotional listening experience .” (Atlanta Journal Weekend) 1. Goin' home (Traditional)2. Nobody knows the troubles I've seen (Traditional)3. Go down Moses (Traditional)4. Steal away to Jesus (Traditional)5. Deep river (Traditional)6. My Lord what a … Continue reading