Soul Song

Archie Shepp / Archie Shepp Quartet

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Soul Song Review

by Scott Yanow

This is one of Archie Shepp's more erratic sets. On the 15 1/2 minute "Mama Rose," athe great tenor (who is joined by pianist Ken Werner, bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith) unfortunately plays his out-of-tune soprano and takes an eccentric vocal. Additionally, Werner's brief "Soul Song" tends to wander without much direction. Much better is the 18 1/2 minute "Geechee," a lengthy workout for Shepp's emotional tenor, but due to this release's weak first half, it can be safely passed by.

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