Mar 4, 2012

Archie Shepp - Yasmina, a black woman



barabara sounds sez:
It doesn't get much better than this all-time classic: Archie Shepp and his band invoking the spirits of Africa and the avant guard, a massive collaboration with the key members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Brilliant stuff and, needless to say, a barabara classic.

dusty groove sez:
Archie Shepp at his spiritual best – recording in Paris in 1969, and absorbing a heck of a lot of pan-African influences! The centerpiece of the album is the amazing "Yasmina" – a long track that builds with passion and fire, pulsing with an intensity that you'd expect more from Pharoah Sanders than Shepp himself. Next up is "Sonny's Back", a wonderful straight jazz groover with Archie and Hank Mobley on twin tenors upfront – making a rare and memorable recorded appearance together! The set's capped off by a mellow version of "Body & Soul", one that points towards the more soulful side of Shepp's work in the 70s.

personnel:
Archie Shepp vocals, soprano & tenor sax, piano; Roscoe Mitchell bass sax; Grachan Moncur III trombone; Dave Burrell piano; Burton Greene piano; Laurence Devereaux balafon; Sunny Murray drums, percussion; Claude Delcloo drums; Hank Mobley vocals tenor sax; Lester Bowie trumpet; Clifford Thornton cornet; Philly Joe Jones drums.

tracks:
A1 Yasmina; B1 Sonny's Back; B2 Body & Soul


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

does it get any better than this?
you tell me...

http://www.mediafire.com/?9rjxf4ex7stey3e

Reza said...

nope total killer ;)

taro nombei said...

you said it Reza.

Flash Strap said...

Giant classic indeed. Shepp is forever.

E-mile said...

i still have the cardbox reissue CD nearby...good one TN! can you reconsider joining to RS (I e-mailed you a while back...) on a MAC? it's starting to get good...

taro nombei said...

@ E-mile,
Thanks, I'm on the road at present, no time to follow up on that till the end of this coming week.
I'll email you... Cheers!

nick said...

awesome pick. thank you!

Anonymous said...

Genius. First Time I've heard it and totally blown away ! Thanks loads, Trev

taro nombei said...

@ trev, @ nick
you're very welcome.

@ Flash Strap
and this is one of his all-time best.

Simon666 said...

thanks TN!

Hookfinger said...

Awesome! Many thanks!

Andy said...

Well, blow me down with a feather! Call myself an Archie Shepp fan? I always thought I had this album, but no, I was mixing it up with something else. And now thanks to you I'm digging it for the very first time. Thanks a million!!

taro nombei said...

@ Andy
You're welcome!

@ Simon, @ Hookfinger
Cheers :-)

Dan Leo said...

Thank you! Classic...

Anonymous said...

Marvelous , thanks.

DrEyescope said...

Thank you- I'm very much looking forward to hearing this!
I saw Dave Burrell for the first time a couple of weeks ago with William Parker's "Essence of Ellington" Big Band (Parker introduced him as "an original gangsta" if you can imagine THAT) and Mr Burrell played the most unbelievably surreal piano solo I've ever seen, maybe even HEARD; it had NO discernible continuity and yet made perfect sense.AND it summed up the history of improvisation in under 10 minutes.
If you can imagine that, too.
Thank you for all your fine work.

taro nombei said...

@ DrEyescope
Sound like it was remarkable!
Thanks for sharing it — that's the kind of comment I love!

Art Simon said...

New to me, and no, it doesn't get any better. I'm indebted. . .

Anonymous said...

here we go again. keeping this share alive...

http://www3.zippyshare.com/v/80296887/file.html

David Elkin-Ginnetti said...

Would someone be kind enough to re-up this? I would love to download. Thanks so much- hello from New Haven, Connecticut, America, Earth!

taro nombei said...

@ David Elkin-Ginnetti

Greetings from Planet Barabara
And here you go:

http://www.mediafire.com/download/dgf4ka8dwwbjqx6/AS-Yasmina.zip