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    Shepp, Archie – “Things Have Got to Change ” – [Impulse C/O Mca]

    Archie Shepp is the man. Smart, soulful, a stirring player
    nd here leader). This album has two that really stoke the
    fires, and one more sparse electronic mediation between them.
    On the title cut, there’s some pretty early use of noisy
    overloaded electronics percolating beneath the chanted
    mantra that if you blur your ears almost sounds like “Space
    is the Place.” You’ve also got LeRoy Jenkins sawing away on
    his violin, James Spaulding’s flute dances through the flames
    as well. A true *battery* of percussion drives this pressure
    corker to pop. And pop it does as Shepp drops some gas into
    the mix on the second half…an elevating melody comes in
    towards the end, but Shepp rises again with a solo, and the
    album ends in locked groove of Romulus Franceschini and
    Donald Cooper going galaxian eternally. As ruling as that is
    “Money Blues” is where it’s at. It starts with an almost
    whispered chorus, as if folks are politely watching the
    clock at work….but it quicky rises in tone and demand.
    Thus we get 18 minutes of payday, with Joe Lee Wilson as
    union negotiator and vocal labor leader…but it’s the
    Shepp family (backup) singers and deep brass bump-bump
    Bump-BUMP that give this a Motown-like 1-2. Add in other
    solo spirals and an avalanche of drums.
    Cash this one in often…

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 23, 2005 at 9:59 am
  • Filed as 12-inch,Jazz
  • 1 comment

  • One Comment

    you got it! it’s like stevie wonder goes free jazz

  • Comment by craig, February 13th, 2006 4:22 am

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