Friday, June 3

Archie Shepp - The Magic of Ju-Ju (1967)

"On this 1967 Impulse release, tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp unleashed his 18-minute tour de force 'The Magic of Ju-Ju,' combining free jazz tenor with steady frenetic African drumming. Shepp's emotional and fiery tenor takes off immediately, gradually morphing with the five percussionists -- Beaver Harris, Norman Connor, Ed Blackwell, Frank Charles, and Dennis Charles -- who perform on instruments including rhythm logs and talking drums. Shepp never loses the initial energy, moving forward like a man possessed as the drumming simultaneously builds into a fury. Upon the final three minutes, the trumpets of Martin Banks and Michael Zwerin make an abrupt brief appearance, apparently to ground the piece to a halt. This is one of Shepp's most chaotic yet rhythmically hypnotic pieces. ..."
allmusic (Video)
W - The Magic of Ju-Ju
YouTube: The Magic of Ju-Ju (Full Album)

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