Archie Shepp Quartet - True Ballads





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CVEN 0007 SA
EAN: 4571292516259
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Single Layer Stereo SACD

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Archie Shepp's finest ballad album yet!

Intelligent, articulate and controversial tenor sax player, composer and singer Archie Shepp was a strong advocate of "free jazz" in the 1960s and 1970s. He surprised Japanese jazz fans in the 1990s when he released a series of ballad albums from Venus Records, beginning with Blue Ballads in 1995 and True Ballads in 1996. Single layer SACD, Japanese pressing.

"As evidenced here on the opening number alone, a smoky, steamy rendition of 'The Thrill Is Gone' that could have ended up in anybody's film noir, Shepp's fire may not burn angrily, but it burns low, deep, and hot just the same. The tenor player once said that you could hear every minute of every hour a musician put into practice when he played a ballad. That's certainly true here, and the answer is more than you could ever imagine. The inflection of Shepp's horn that moves somewhere between the deep, robust speech of John Coltrane and the shimmering soulful whisper of Ben Webster." —

Archie Shepp, tenor saxophone
John Hicks, piano
George Mraz, bass
Idris Muhammad, drums

1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. The Shadow Of Your Smile
3. Everything Must Change
4. Here’s That Rainy Day
5. La Rosita
6. Nature Boy
7. Yesterdays
8. Violets For Your Furs

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