During the late sixties and early seventies, saxophonist Archie Sheep released a number of records on the French label BYG Records. These recordings, which were recorded after Shepp relocated to Paris, tended to have a more free sound in comparison to some of the material that was featured on his Impulse releases. One of my favorite recordings that the saxophonist released on BYG is his 1969 album Blasé. This record finds Shepp exploring his blues roots in a more avant-garde and dark tone, that at also speaks to hopeful message through vocalist Jeanne Lee. The record also features Art Ensemble of Chicago alums Lester Bowie (trumpet) and Malachi Favors (bass), as well as Philly Joe Jones on drums, Dave Burrell on piano, with Chicago Beau and Julio Finn playing harmonica on a few selections. Overall, Blasé is another powerful release from Shepp, who often used his music to speak to the inequalities that African-Americans were dealing with at that time. Enjoy!