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Phat Jam in Milano [CD]

Archie Shepp Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Archieball
  • ASIN: B001TJ4YUI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The old '60s radical was turning 70 when this live session was recorded two years ago, and it demonstrates that the passion and political polemic that always informed his work remains undimmed. It's jazz that often seethes with indignation as rapper Napoleon Maddox fulminates against the state of the US under George W Bush. In truth, the rap gets too much space, and the musical interest goes up when Shepp digs in for some bustling solos. Overall,it's a mixed bag, but Shepp can't be faulted for his determination to push in new directions. --AV, Yorkshire Post, 8 May 2009

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2.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Same Old 3 Jun 2009
Format:Audio CD
As ever when Shepp releases a new disc these days, one has to ask: what's new about this? Well, on the surface, a few things: Napoleon Madox, beat-boxer and rapper from group IsWhat? provides rhythmic amplification with his voice and delivers some rap polemix. Oliver Lake's there too, not a bad thing. But listen to 'Phat Jam' and it's clear that Shepp's riding the same crest he's been riding for the past few decades. For instance: has he been performing 'Revolution/Mama Rose' inordinate amounts of times since it first appeared on 1969's 'Poem for Malcolm'? Well...yes. At least he doesn't trot out his other very old warhouse, 'Steam', again, I guess. The new tracks are pleasant enough - 'Casket' is, as far as I can tell, derived from 'A Night in Tunisia', 'Kashmir' has a certain urgency to it, 'Ill Biz' is a fairly catchy anti-Bush rant by Madox: decent jazz-rap. But the context in which Shepp places himself allows for absolutely no surprises; his playing, though still peppered with bluesy honks and free-jazz-ish yelps, has none of the edge that it did in the 60s. Whereas recordings like 'Coral Rock' or 'Kwanza' or even 'Attica Blues' worked pretty well as politically-conscious, heavily-R&B-tinged versions of jazz, in which Shepp's rough-edged sax had a forceful impact over surging rhythms and righteous riffs, the space he's in now is an odd sort of compromise between frankly dull traditionalist jazz (by traditionalist, I mean hobbled to cliches, rather than in the fresh and necessary dialogue with traditions which Shepp presumably hopes to be engaging in) and token nods to new styles of African-American music.

Once upon a time Shepp wouldn't have been interested in being bigged up by Napoleon Madox ('Dig') and would have just launched straight in to blowing the joint off the sucker.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freejazz pioneer plays hiphop 20 April 2011
By M. Flikweert - Published on
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When I was a teenager in the late eighties / early nineties, I listened to a lot of hiphop. At a certain point (in 1994) I stopped listening to it, frankly I am glad I did. For the last 10-15 years I have been spoiling my ears with beautiful jazz music, freejazz being my latest love; and Archie Shepp should not be overlooked. It has become obvious that, to my taste and knowledge, qualitative crossover projects between jazz and hiphop musicians are very scarce. The worst thing is a jazz musician humming along a otherwise equally (not so) interresting hiphop record. Some examnples of good musicians that can get away with crossing over are: Charlie Hunter & collaborators, Karl Denson, Omar Sosa, ... ; I would list this record in between these.
Highly recommended!
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