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Blasé / Live at the Pan-African Festival Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B0002CU4ZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Angel
2. Blasé
3. There Is A Balm In Gilead
4. Sophisticated Lady
5. Touareg
Disc: 2
1. Brotherhood At Ketchaoua
2. We Have Come Back

Product Description

This 2 CD set provides a fascinating insight into the diverse musical sides of Archie Shepp, featuring two of his finest albums,' Blasé' and 'Live At The Pan-African Festival', both recorded in 1969 for the BYG label

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album some 20 years ago in a dingy attic flat in Madrid when I was rather the worst for wear and it sent shivers down my spine. It still does. There is something discordant yet unifying about the whole album and I have never heard Archie Shepp play anything else remotely like it. And what do the lyrics mean? Wailing saxaphones, strident harmonica and the smokiestsexiest vocals. Be warned this album will either wow you from the first or you will want to turn it off within 30 seconds BUT don't! Remember: all of Ethiopia awaits you.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
two seemingly different albums packaged together 12 Mar. 2002
By A. Benjamin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The first disc, BLASE, is a studio effort with a number of co-conspirators including several members of the AACM crowd, a drummer more known for his hard-bop playing, some blues cats on harmonica, and some absolutely gorgeous female vocals. As an attempt to simultaneously pay homage to jazz's roots (in the blues) and to look ahead to the future. On those terms the album succeeds nicely, and musicians who seem like they might clash work together well as a unit.
The second disc is a live recording which pairs Shepp and crew with a number of Algerian and Tuareg musicians. The sound quality is a bit dodgy, but the two lengthy tunes are filled with plenty of passion and joy, and one in which Shepp and crew get their point across: jazz's roots ultimately are in the traditional musics of Africa.
If there is a common theme to both discs, it is simply this: an attempt to pay homage to one's roots, and incorporate them into the then-present avant-garde scene. Worth checking out as an interesting historical document and as an engaging, mind-expanding, forward-looking set of tunes in their own right. Definitely recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Joujouka revisited! 5 Mar. 2012
By electroncloud - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These are two great CDs. The first is studio, in which Archie and his pals put down some unique variations of the then prevalent avant garde. The second CD is live in Afreaka; two long jams. The first one reminds me of Brian Jones' Pipes of Pan at Joujouka album, which was recorded around the same time. Maybe some of the same local musicians were involved; maybe not.
Anyway, this double CD is well worth your time and money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Top Shelf 18 Mar. 2010
By N. Smeaton - Published on
Format: Vinyl
Both previous reviews are spot on. I'm still getting a laugh out of MMF's review :)

Jeanne Lee's vocals are perfect, and the lyrics are great. The humanity she exudes and the prosaic character she adds to the songs is very special.

Shepp's playing is very lyrical too, often reflecting the inner, unspoken voice of the protagonist in the vocal.

Definitely a Great record. It covers a lot of ground too.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a million stars 20 Sept. 2004
By Indian music lover - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the greatest jazz recordings ever made. Thirty-five years after it was done, it still makes most jazz CDs look lame. It's all thanks to the late, great Jeanne Lee. Yes, Archie was the driving force, but the divine Jeanne's vocals from another universe put this session up on Olympian status. No serious listener of jazz should be without this monument
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
classic 30 May 2007
By MMF - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I don't need to review this because if you are even checking this out you know what a fu**ing classic this is. Get is now.
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