Friday, October 12, 2012

Archie Shepp TONIGHT in Oakland!

Tonight at Yoshi's Oakland will feature one of my all-time favorite musicians and a true jazz icon in Archie Shepp. After the unfortunate passing of John Coltrane in 1967, many of his bandmates and what could be termed as his disciples like Shepp seemed to grab the jazz world by storm and usher in the "New Thing" sound that Coltrane unintentionally helped create. I've always enjoyed how Shepp, throughout his recordings, infused Afrocentric themes, soulful grooves and blues rhythms into his music. Some of his highlight recordings include Kwanza, Attica Blues, The Magic of Ju-ju, The Cry of My People, Things Have Got Change, Poem for Malcom, and many many others. Overall, Archie Shepp has been one of the most groundbreaking musicians in jazz for over 50 years and it will exciting to finally see him perform in person.

Here is just a few great recordings from the legendary saxophonist. ENJOY!

Archie Shepp - New Africa

Archie Shepp - Attica Blues

Archie Shepp - Money Blues (Part 1)

Archie Shepp - Blues for Brother George Jackson

Archie Shepp - African Drum Suite (Part 2)

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