<tc>The Archie Shepp Quartet - True Ballads (2LP, Edition japonaise)</tc>

The Archie Shepp Quartet - True Ballads (2LP, Edition japonaise)

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Tenor Saxophone – Archie Shepp [click here to see more vinyl featuring Archie Shepp]

Drums – Idris Muhammad [click here to see more vinyl featuring Idris Muhammad]

Bass – George Mraz

Piano – John Hicks

2 LPs, Gatefold Jacket

Limited edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”


Record Press :  Japanese pressing

Label :  Venus

Original Label :  Venus

Recorded at Clinton Studio, New York on December 7th, 1996

Engineered by Troy Halderson

Mixed and Mastered by Tetsuo Hara, Venus Hyper Magnum Sound

Produced by Tetsuo Hara

Originally released in 1997

Reissued in DEcember 2023


Tracks :

Side A:

  1. The Thrill Is Gone
  2. Nature Boy
  3. Everything Must Change

Side B:

  1. Shadow Of Your Smile
  2. Violets For Your Furs

Side C:

  1. Yesterdays
  2. Here's That Rainy Day

Side D:

  1. This Masquerade
  2. La Rosita
  3. Strangers In The Night

    Reviews :

    “This 1996 set features tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp with pianist John Hicks, bassist George Mraz, and drummer Idris Muhammad playing an inspired set of ballads. And while it's true that this is what Shepp seems to have done since 1990, giving plenty of credence to the critical notion that the fire has gone out of his playing, it's more a question of perspective than lack. As evidenced here on the opening number alone, a smoky, steamy rendition of "The Thrill Is Gone" that could have ended up in anybody's film noir, Shepp's fire may not burn angrily, but it burns low, deep, and hot just the same. The tenor player once said that you could hear every minute of every hour a musician put into practice when he played a ballad. That's certainly true here, and the answer is more than you could ever imagine. The inflection of Shepp's horn that moves somewhere between the deep, robust speech of John Coltrane and the shimmering soulful whisper of Ben Webster. If you check he and Hick's wandering around each other in the middle of "Nature Boy," or on Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile," you get a picture of a pair so intent on listening to the nuances in a change or harmonic syllable, that they know exactly how to aurally illustrate the bigger picture to a listener. With Muhammad on drums there is a certain laid-back groove that's organic in every number, and in Mraz, without his slim tone but silvery fingers, there's a polished elegance that makes the entire package Shepp's finest ballad date ever.” AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek


    Ratings :

    AllMusic 4.5 / 5  ,  Discogs 4.86 / 5

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