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Fire Music
     

Fire Music

by Archie Shepp
 

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This particular early Archie Shepp recording has its strong moments, although it is a bit erratic. Four selections utilize an advanced sextet. Of these songs, "Hambone" has repetitive riffing by the horns behind the soloists, and Shepp's bizarre exploration of "The Girl from Ipanema" gets tedious, but the episodic "Los Olvidaos" is quite colorful, and the tenorman

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This particular early Archie Shepp recording has its strong moments, although it is a bit erratic. Four selections utilize an advanced sextet. Of these songs, "Hambone" has repetitive riffing by the horns behind the soloists, and Shepp's bizarre exploration of "The Girl from Ipanema" gets tedious, but the episodic "Los Olvidaos" is quite colorful, and the tenorman sounds fine on a spacy rendition of "Prelude to a Kiss." "Malcolm, Malcolm-Semper Malcolm" has Shepp reading a brief poem for the fallen Malcolm X before he jams effectively on tenor in a trio with bassist David Izenzon and drummer J.C. Moses. Overall, this set, even with its faults, is recommended. [Some reissues are rounded out by a bonus cut, a live version of "Hambone" that is much more interesting than the earlier rendition.]

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/1995
Label:
Grp Records
UPC:
0011105015820
catalogNumber:
158

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Performance Credits

Archie Shepp   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Marion Brown   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Chambers   Drums
Ted Curson   Trombone,Trumpet
Reggie Johnson   Bass
David Izenzon   Bass
Virgil Jones   Trumpet
J.C. Moses   Drums
Joseph Orange   Trombone
Fred Pirtle   Baritone Saxophone
Ashley Fennell   Trombone

Technical Credits

Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Archie Shepp   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Charles Stewart   Cover Photo
Mel Cheren   Cover Painting
Joe Lebow   Liner Design
Robert Flynn   Cover Design

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