A seminal live set from tenorist Archie Shepp
– and some of his freest, least-structured material ever! Shepp
's still a righteous force here on his horn, but there also seems to be equal emphasis on the contributions of all members of the group – woven together in a really rich tapestry of sound, but with less of the structuring righteous concepts of some of Archie
's other work – especially his sides for Impulse. Shepp
had really been experiencing some new freedoms on the French scene of the late 60s – even more so than in the US avant outfield – and you can definitely hear him taking flight here, with a like-minded group of players that includes Clifford Thornton on trombone and shenai, Alan Shorter on flugelhorn, Joseph Dujean on guitar, Beb Guerin on bass, and Claud Delcloo on drums. This second part features one long track, "Huru", split over two sides, and slowly building energy through a tangle of piano, drums, bass, and guitar – with tenor, flugelhorn, and trombone soloing over the top!
(Great Japanese pressing – heavy vinyl and cover!)