Personalities | Archie Shepp | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Tenor and soprano saxophones, b. 1937)
Acid-toned saxophonist Archie Shepp was a principal figure in the second wave of free-jazz artists. Also recognized as a playwright and poet, Shepp was an articulate spokesman for Black Power. He emerged in 1960 as a member of Cecil Taylor’s group, then collaborated with trumpeter Bill Dixon, Don Cherry and John Coltrane, most notably on Coltrane’s powerful Ascension. In the late 1970s Shepp moved decisively away from free jazz into more mainstream projects, such as a programme of ballads and gospel songs in duet with pianist Horace Parlan.
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