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True Ballads [Single Layer SACD] by Archie Shepp Quartet
True Ballads [Single Layer SACD] by Archie Shepp Quartet at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:Archie Shepp Quartet
Name:True Ballads [Single Layer SACD]
Cat No.:VHGD-7
Performed by:Archie Shepp (tenor sax)
John Hicks (piano)
George Mraz (bass)
Idris Muhammad (drums)
Release Date:02/19/2014
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.

True Ballads was the second in this series, originally released in 1996. 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 Idris Muhammad, the one and only Archie Shepp turned in a wonderful ballad album of standard jazz tunes.

Recorded at Clinton Studio in New York on December 7, 1996. Gate-fold paper sleeve edition. Single Layer SACD.

Album Tracks:
1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. The Shadow Of Your Smile
3. Everything Must Change
4. Here's That Rainy Day
5. La Rosita
6. Nature Boy
7. Yesterdays
8. Violets For Your Furs
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