The duo of Archie Shepp
and Mal Waldron
come together beautifully here – in a mode that echoes some of the duets that pianist Waldron
recorded with other reedmen in the 70s and 80s, but which has an especially wonderful contribution from Shepp
blows both tenor and soprano sax – and the warmth of his horn in later years is really perfect here – especially as the album's sometime of an update of Waldron
's earlier Left Alone classic, recorded after the death of Billie Holiday at the end of the 50s. As with that one, the tunes here include some numbers very strongly tied to Billie's legacy, but the vibe is very different, and very personal along the lines of the spirit of Shepp
. Titles include "Lady Sings The Blues", "Left Alone", "Easy Living", "Everything Happens To Me", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Blues For 52nd Street".
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