Archie Shepp

Born 24 May 1937.
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Archie Shepp interview

Jamie Cullum's guest interview this week is from American Jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp.

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Archie Shepp (born May 24, 1937) is a prominent African-American jazz saxophonist. Shepp is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late 1960s, which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by African Americans, as well as for his work with the New York Contemporary Five, Horace Parlan, and his collaborations with his "New Thing" contemporaries, most notably Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Wo!Man

    Wo!Man 2011

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    A pronounced swing emerges as this fine collaborative set unfolds.
  2. Review of Gemini

    Gemini 2007

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    Shepp's still going strong at 70, but this double helping birthday treat is a curate's...
  3. Review of Attica Blues

    Attica Blues 2004

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Re-issue of Shepp's 1972 classic; avant soul-jazz meets the protest song.
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