French Ballads

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Archie Shepp has long established a reputation as a fiery avant-garde jazz stylist, though he is remarkably restrained in this collection of ballads recorded in 2001. The rhapsodic songs help restrain him somewhat, along with the presence of the terrific rhythm section, consisting of pianist Harold Mabern, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Drummond. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" has a few rough edges to retain Shepp's personal flavor, while the rhumba setting of Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" works well, too. Mabern's lush introduction to "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Autumn Leaves) sets up a touching, spacious arrangement. Shepp opens Lerner & Loewe's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Archie Shepp has long established a reputation as a fiery avant-garde jazz stylist, though he is remarkably restrained in this collection of ballads recorded in 2001. The rhapsodic songs help restrain him somewhat, along with the presence of the terrific rhythm section, consisting of pianist Harold Mabern, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Billy Drummond. "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life" has a few rough edges to retain Shepp's personal flavor, while the rhumba setting of Sidney Bechet's "Petite Fleur" works well, too. Mabern's lush introduction to "Les Feuilles Mortes" (Autumn Leaves) sets up a touching, spacious arrangement. Shepp opens Lerner & Loewe's infrequently performed "Gigi" unaccompanied, producing a majestic performance. The snappy treatment of "April in Paris" swings like the famous tune should, while he also retains the well-known "Pop Goes the Weasel" quote inserted in Basie's version. All in all, this is an enjoyable date.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/15/2007
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Comm.
  • EAN: 4988008615739
  • Catalog Number: 35096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life - Archie Shepp Quartet (4:54)
  2. 2 Petite Fleur - Archie Shepp Quartet (9:20)
  3. 3 Les Feuilles Mortes - Archie Shepp Quartet (7:30)
  4. 4 L' Ame des Poetes - Archie Shepp Quartet (7:59)
  5. 5 Gigi - Archie Shepp Quartet (4:08)
  6. 6 April in Paris - Archie Shepp Quartet (6:34)
  7. 7 Sous le Ciel de Paris - Archie Shepp Quartet (7:50)
  8. 8 Deja Vu - Archie Shepp Quartet (3:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Archie Shepp Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Drummond Drums
Harold Mabern Piano
George Mraz Bass
Technical Credits
Todd Barkan Producer
Katherine Miller Engineer
Tetsuo Hara Producer, Mastering
Shuji Kitamura Mastering
Jeanloup Sieff Artwork
John Abbott Cover Photo
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