Saturday, November 28, 2009

Archie SHEPP - Things Have Got to Change! 1971

Archie SHEPP - Things Have Got to Change! 1971


Archie Shepp's Thing Have Got To Change, released in 1971 solidified the saxophonists reputation as a soulful, yet radical free jazz artist motivated by social commentary and cultural change.  The record which features many of Shepp's longtime comrades including Joe Lee Wilson, Beaver Harris, Grechan Moncur III, and Ronald Wilson integrates the symphonic-like structure of the politically charged compositions with the spirited, cathartic sound for which Shepp is so notorious. 

"Dr. King, The Peaceful Warrior", a stripped down anthem style duet between Shepp and Cal Massey, provides a striking contrast with the album's predominately thick, almost ecclesiastic orchestration.  Ultimately, Things Have Got To Change is a vivid snapshot of a social conscious artist who not only wore his emotions on his sleeves but expressed them with unsurpassed artistry and prowess.
Anita Branham, Anita Shepp, Barbara Parsons, Claudette Brown, Ernestina Parsons, Jody Shayne, Johnny Shepp, Sharon Shepp- Backing Vocals
Roland Wilson- Bass
Beaver Harris- Drums 
Dave Burrell- Electric Piano
Billy Butler, David Spinozza- Guitar
Calo Scott, Hetty 'Bunchy' Fox, Juma Sutan, Ollie Anderson- Percussion
James Spaulding- Saxophone [Alto], Flute [Piccolo]
Howard Johnson- Saxophone [Baritone]
Archie Shepp- Saxophone [Tenor, Soprano]
Charles Greenlee, Grechan Moncur III- Trombone 
Roy Burrowes, Ted Daniel- Trumpet
Joe Lee Wilson- Vocals
A1. Money Blues (Part I,II AND III) 18:21
B1. Dr. King, The Peaceful Warrior 2:29  
B2. Things Have Got To Change (Part I,II) 16:53

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