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Magic of Ju-Ju [VINYL] [Import]

Archie Shepp Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (19 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • ASIN: B007IJK9IY
  • 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: 607,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Archie 18 Jun 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A must-have for anyone interested in the cultural phenomenon of '60's African-american avant-garde jazz. This is improvisational music of the highest order with Archie's saxophone set agains some ferocious drumming by the likes of Ed Blackwell et al on the title track and some first-class small group stuff on the other three tracks. This is one of the key albums of the period and no avant-garde jazz collection is complete without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic Of Archie Shepp 16 Sep 2006
By Justin Leg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Shepp has been rather vocal, according to various album liner notes, about comprimising his sound - stating that the listener must listen to this music on HIS terms.

"Magic Of Ju Ju" is no exception. Comming off the heels of his "The Way Ahead" release - which delivered a real innovative stab at avant gardism - Shepp persues in the same direction but switches to a different lane. Many of the songs on "The Way Ahead" begin with a tangible strolling feel and gradually pick up to a wild run of piercing sounds that focuses more on the horns. "The Magic Of Ju Ju" forgets about the stroll and the adventure to build musically - with the help of more percussion than any previous Shepp album - most of the songs here just start hammering away right from 00:01.

Because this album has not and probably will not be re-pressed for as a U.S. release in CD format, there are a few ways to obtain this gem: Impulse Records has offered this album strictly as a pay-and-download, Japanese imports are still floating in the mid-$20's pool, or you can get lucky like myself and buy it on first-pressing wax for $29.99.

Synopsis of the synopsis: Similar to "The Way Ahead" only more avant garde.

5 stars - there ain't no denying.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A potent brew... 20 April 2001
By Allan MacInnis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I hadn't heard this for years, but recently picked it up again... I used to love the title track, Shepp soloing forcefully around a driving Afrocentric percussive line (featuring the late Ed Blackwell on rhythm logs) for some fifteen minutes, while having mixed feelings about the rest of the album, which seemed tighter and "jazzier" and less inspired. With time, my feelings have flip-flopped, and I think the fifteen minutes of soloing gets a bit MUCH, while being drawn to the tighter, jazzier numbers. Go figure. Anyhow, it's a fine album, not quite the masterpiece that is FIRE MUSIC, but pretty strong stuff, and worth having around. "Sorry 'bout that," the last cut, is fun, lively, and impassioned, in particular. The only other names I recognize in the lineup are Beaver Harris and Reggie Workman -- Rudd and Moncur aren't present, nor is Marion Brown... I can't say much about this disc beyond that, find words failing me, but think it's worth your time (and the cost of the import).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Below Shepp's abilities 16 April 2009
By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I love Archie Shepp--look at my reviews-but this, along with Three for a quater and one for a dime-just does not do it for me

The first track is simply Shepp blowing with bass and drums, with a little Aftican percussion. The other three tracks are more staight jazz tunes that evolve into the same idea.

Free Jazz can be amazing when well planned, but here, there is no backdrop or counterpoint draw you in. There is a reason Coltrane always had Tyner comping behind him; free playing has to work against other instruments for it to be interesting. Otherwise, `you are boxing with air (which, by the way, i did in my drinking days, and this is not too productive, either)

This is not the worst album in the world, but listen to Fire Music and then tell me this is up to Shepp's brillance. I don't beleive that.

Amazing cover, though. If you are going to buy this, try and get the 1967 ABC Vinyl.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite Shepp records. 28 Feb 2005
By greg taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I cannot add much to the enthusiasm of the reviewers below so I thought I would just throw some detail your way.

This is an April 1967 recording originally released on Impulse! during a period of time when Shepp saw his role as musical revolutionary. On this recording as well as others from that period he succeeded.

The title piece, The Magic of Ju-Ju is a tour-de-force. Eighteen plus minutes of Shepp roaring on tenor on top of a drum hurricane. Beaver Harris and Norman Conners play drums, Ed Blackwell plays rhythm logs, Frank Charles plays talking drums, Dennis Charles is on percussion and Reggie Workman is on bass. Shepp's huge tone is out front. The energy level starts off frenetic and stays there. This is great stuff but is definitely not background music. You either listen to music like this or you get hurt.

The other pieces also feature Martin Banks on trumpet and Michael Zwerin on trumpet and trombone. "You're What This Day Is All About" is my only problem with this CD. It starts off like a typical Shepp ballad from that period but fades just as it sounds like Shepp is starting to solo. What happened?

No problems with the last two pieces however. I am not sure who does the drum work on these pieces although I would venture on Harris. Same problem with who takes the trumpet solos. Since this CD release is an import with notes largely in Japanese (the original liner notes by Ralph Gleason are included in very fine print but are not helpful) we will never know until some American company gets their head...O, never mind. In any case these are fine hard bop showcases (with occassional forays into free territory)for Shepp and his cohorts.

Shepp's series of Impulse! recordings were some of the finest of 60's jazz. They must be heard. Not all will like them but they cannot be denied.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayler and Sanders fans will love it, Kenny G. fans? It will probably kill you. 20 Jun 2013
By JR Ewing - Published on Amazon.com
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No real complaints here if you like balls to the wall atonal playing with just enough of an r&b sprinkle to surprise. I really like Shepp's tone, No B.S. there at all.
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