Archie Shepp Attica Blues LP

Archie Shepp

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A "Political/Religious Experience" (Rolling Stone)!
1972 Avant-Garde Jazz Masterpiece on Vinyl LP!

This Impulse! classic is one of the saxophonist's most lasting and enduring works. With its powerful avant-garde tracks and strong political messages, the 1972 album is one of Archie Shepp's most successful large-group projects. Rolling Stone wrote that Attica Blues is "not just a masterpiece of protest, it is more a political/religious experience - an appeal to higher human consciousness to, for God's sake, help us out of this torment."


  • Vinyl LP


Clarence White alto saxophone
Albertine Robinson, Joshie Armstead backing vocals
James Ware baritone sax
Jimmy Garrison, Jerry Jemmott, Roland Wilson bass
Calo Scott, Ronald Lipscomb cello
Romulus Franceschini conductor
Clifford Thornton cornet
Beaver Harris, Billy Higgins drums
Walter Davis, Jr., Dave Burrell piano
Hakim Jami euphonium
Cal Massey flugelhorn
Marion Brown flute, alto saxophone
Cornell Dupree guitar
William Kunstler narrator
Juma Sutan, Marion Brown, Nene DeFense, Ollie Anderson percussion
Archie Shepp soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Billy Robison, Roland Alexander tenor saxophone
Charles Greenlee, Charles Stephens, Kiane Zawadi trombone
Charles McGhee, Michael Ridley, Roy Burrowes trumpet
John Blake, Leroy Jenkins, Shankar violin
Henry Hull, Joe Lee Wilson, Waheeda Massey vocals


Side A:

  1. Attica Blues
  2. Invocation: Attica Blues
  3. Steam (Part 1)
  4. Invocation to Mr. Parker
  5. Steam (Part 2)

Side B:

  1. Blues for Brother George Jackson
  2. Invocation: Ballad for a Child
  3. Ballad for a Child
  4. Good Bye Sweet Pops
  5. Quiet Dawn

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