Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Archie Shepp Quartet Live "On Broadway": California Meeting

Probably my favorite Shepp recording, with a burning West Coast rhythm section and startlingly fresh interpretations of some familiar tunes. Eddie Marshall is jaw-droppingly good (why hasn't he been recorded more?), Royal Blue's vocal turn illuminates "St. James Infirmary" -- a tune I might have thought I'd be happy never to hear again -- and George Cables and the late Herbie Lewis are their usual impeccable selves. Insouciant is the word that comes to mind to describe Shepp's performance, slurring and stretching phrases past what would be the breaking point in a lesser player's hands.

Archie Shepp (ts, ss)
George Cables (p)
Herbie Lewis (b)
Eddie Marshall (d)
Royal Blue (vo)

St. James Infirmary

A Night In Tunisia

Giant Steps
My Romance

Live in Sacramento, CA, May 22, 1985
20 kbps, ripped from Soul Note SN 1122


Festoonic said...


Danny said...

I've been On a big Shepp kick lately. Don't know, never seen this one before. Thanks. If you havn't heard the live Shepp "Steam" check it out.
The blog is beautiful, kep up the goodwork!

scott said...

Thanks for the link! I'm familiar with Eddie Marshall through his work with Bobby Hutcherson. Marshall released only an album as a leader called "Dance of the Sun" on Timeless. It's excellent. Very boppish, and it features Hutch and George Cables.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

this is a FANTASTIC record!
many thanks once more