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Tenor Saxophonist Archie Shepp

John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Cecil Taylor were giving birth to the jazz avant-garde when Archie Shepp appeared on the New York jazz scene in the late 1950s. Shepp tells his story of meeting these giants, recording with them, and developing his own personal sound and concepts. We listen in on one of Shepp's music history classes at UMass Amherst. He has divided his time between playing and teaching as far back as the late 1960s. Shepp speaks his mind, both musically and politically, with straightforward emotion.

 

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Producers: Steve Schwartz, Margot Stage
Engineer: Alan Mattes

 

 

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