Thursday, May 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Archie Shepp!

In 1937 on this day, tenor great Archie Shepp was born in Florida.

Shepp, who is still active today, is one of the prominent avant-gardists along side Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. He participated in the recording of Coltrane's A Love Supreme, however his takes were not used in the final record, but they were released as extra tracks on the Deluxe Edition.

He also was part of the Ascension recording; a leading free jazz record lead by Coltrane.

He became a leading solo artist and in the 70's his music turned more Afrocentric and political.

His official website is [here]. Happy Birthday Archie!

And below is a recent 2011 live clip of him performing:

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