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True Blue [Single Layer SACD] by Archie Shepp Quartet
True Blue [Single Layer SACD] by Archie Shepp Quartet at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:Archie Shepp Quartet
Name:True Blue [Single Layer SACD]
Cat No.:VHGD-39
Performed by:Archie Shepp (tenor sax)
John Hicks (piano)
George Mraz (bass)
Billy Drummond (drums)
Release Date:10/15/2014
Description:Single Layer SACD = Ultimate Audiophile Edition!
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In 2014, the Japanese independent jazz label Venus Records began releasing its "best of the best" albums from its deep catalog on single layer SACD, the ultimate audiophile format. (Please note that single layer SACDs require an SACD player for playback. They will not play on a regular CD player.)

Intelligent, articulate and controversial tenor sax player, composer and singer Archie Shepp was a strong advocate of "free jazz" in the 1960s and 1970s. He surprised Japanese jazz fans in the 1990s when he released a series of ballad albums from Venus Records, beginning with Blue Ballads in 1995 and True Ballads in 1996.

True Blue is his third CD released by Venus. After experiencing the volatile and turbulent period of "free jazz," Shepp's playing here is relatively traditional, but uniquely his own. His often hoarse tone is very distinctive and sounds fragile and brawny at the same time. His slow, quiet passages can suddenly turn into an explosion of raw emotions, and the effect is quite stunning.

Supported by a stellar trio of John Hicks, George Mraz and Billy Drummond, the one and only Archie Shepp turned in a wonderful album consisting of standard jazz tunes and several compositions of John Coltrane. He even demonstrates his charming singing voice with a French song "Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours."

Recorded at Clinton Studio "A" in New York on September 13, 1998 by Troy Halderson. Mixed and mastered by Tetsuo Hara. Gate-fold paper sleeve edition. Single Layer SACD.
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Album Tracks:
1. Lonnie's LamentMP3 Sample
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
3. Time After Time
4. All or Nothing at All
5. But BeautifulMP3 Sample
6. Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours
7. Blue TrainMP3 Sample
8. A Little Surprise for the Lady
9. I Want to Talk about You
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