The Impulse Story

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Archie Shepp's volume in The Impulse Story series, with liner notes by Ashley Kahn, author of The House That Trane Built: The Impulse Story, is arguably the best and most representative of any of the editions in it. These ten cuts capture Shepp's many faces. There's his wonderful look inside the music of his mentor John Coltrane "Naima" from Four for Trane, through to his gaze at the jazz tradition Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady", to bossa nova a very unique read of "Girl from Ipanema" to the weighty concerns of his own compositions that engaged everything from the avant-garde "Les Matin des Noires" to politics "Malcolm Malcolm -- Semper Malcolm", to R&B and soul ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Archie Shepp's volume in The Impulse Story series, with liner notes by Ashley Kahn, author of The House That Trane Built: The Impulse Story, is arguably the best and most representative of any of the editions in it. These ten cuts capture Shepp's many faces. There's his wonderful look inside the music of his mentor John Coltrane "Naima" from Four for Trane, through to his gaze at the jazz tradition Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady", to bossa nova a very unique read of "Girl from Ipanema" to the weighty concerns of his own compositions that engaged everything from the avant-garde "Les Matin des Noires" to politics "Malcolm Malcolm -- Semper Malcolm", to R&B and soul "Damn If I Know" "Mama Too Tight," and "Attica Blues". While certain albums are not represented here -- the magnificent Magic of Ju-Ju being one -- the breadth and depth of Shepp's true genius is all here. That said, it is a shame that many of his albums recorded for Impulse the classic Fire Music and Magic of Ju-Ju just to name two are currently out of print. Of all the volumes in this fine collection, Shepp's stands, with Alice Coltrane's as the very best in that it gives a true introduction to an artist often misunderstood, but during his tenure for this label, he was creatively unstoppable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Impulse Records
  • UPC: 602498551165
  • Catalog Number: 000657202

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Archie Shepp Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Recitation, Spoken Word
John Blake Violin
Marion Brown Alto Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass
Joe Chambers Drums
Ted Curson Trumpet
Beaver Harris Drums
Leroy Jenkins Violin
Jimmy Owens Trumpet
Perry Robinson Clarinet
Roswell Rudd Trombone
Clifford Thornton Cornet
Tommy Turrentine Trumpet
Reggie Johnson Bass
Barre Phillips Bass, Upright Bass
Roland Alexander Tenor Saxophone
Grachan Moncur III Trombone
David Izenzon Bass
Charles Moffett Drums
Kiane Zawadi Trombone
Ollie Anderson Percussion
Joshie Armstead Vocals
Roy Burrowes Trumpet
Walter Davis Jr. Piano, Electric Piano
Nene DeFense Percussion
Cornell Dupree Electric Guitar
Charles "Majeed" Greenlee Trombone
Charlie Haden Bass
Roy Haynes Drums
Bobby Hutcherson Vibes
Henry Hull Vocals
Hakim Jami Euphonium
Gerald Jemmott Electric Bass
Ronald Lipscomb Cello
Charles McGhee Trumpet
J.C. Moses Drums
Joseph Orange Trombone
Reggie Workman Bass, Upright Bass
Michael Ridley Trumpet
Albertine Robinson Vocals
Calo Scott Cello
Lakshminarayana Shankar Violin
Alan Shorter Flugelhorn
Charles Stephens Trombone
John Tchicai Alto Saxophone
James Ware Baritone Saxophone
Juma Sultan Percussion
Howard Glover "Johnny" Johnson Tuba
Walter Davis Jr. Piano, Electric Piano
Billy Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Roland Wilson Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Beaver Harris Composer
Archie Shepp Composer
Irving Mills Composer
John Coltrane Composer, Audio Production
Duke Ellington Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo, Original Cover Photography
Bob Irwin Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
Walter Davis Jr. Composer
Clyde Gilliam Cover Design
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