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Archie Shepp (born May 24, 1937) is a prominent African-American jazz saxophonist.

Shepp was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 24, 1937, but raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he studied piano, clarinet and alto saxophone before focusing on tenor saxophone (he occasionally plays soprano saxophone).

Shepp is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late sixties which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by the African race, as well as for his work with the New York Contemporary Five and his collaborations with his "New Thing" contemporaries, most notably Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane.


As leader

Year Album Label Notes
1962 Archie Shepp - Bill Dixon Quartet Savoy Records
1964 Bill Dixon 7-tette/Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary 5 Savoy
1963 The House I Live In Steeplechase Records with Lars Gullin
1964 Four for Trane Impulse!
1965 Fire Music Impulse!
1965 On This Night Impulse!
1965 New Thing at Newport Impulse!
1966 Archie Shepp Live in San Francisco Impulse!
1966 Three for a Quarter, One for a Dime Impulse!
1966 Mama Too Tight Impulse!
1967 The Magic of Ju-Ju Impulse!
1968 The Way Ahead Impulse!
1968 For Losers Impulse!
1969 Kwanza Impulse!
1969 Live at the Pan-African Festival BYG-Actuel
1969 Yasmina, a Black Woman BYG-Actuel
1969 Poem for Malcolm BYG-Actuel
1969 Blasé BYG-Actuel
1969 Black Gipsy America
1970 Pitchin Can America
1970 Doodlin' Inner City
1970 Archie Shepp & Philly Joe Jones America
1972 Coral Rock America
1970 Archie Shepp and the Full Moon Ensemble BYG-Actuel
1971 Things Have Got to Change Impulse!
1972 Attica Blues Impulse!
1972 The Cry of My People Impulse!
1975 There's a Trumpet in My Soul Freedom
1975 Montreux One Freedom
1975 Montreux Two Freedom
1975 Body and Soul Horo
1975 Jazz a Confronto 27 Horo
1975 Mariamar Horo
1975 A Sea of Faces Black Saint
1975 Bijou Musica Records
1975 U-Jaama (Unite) Uniteledis
1976 Steam Enja
1976 Hi-Fly Compendium with Karin Krog
1976 Force: Sweet Mao - Suid Africa '76 Uniteledis with Max Roach
1977 Goin' Home Steeplechase with Horace Parlan
1977 In the Tradition Horo
1977 The Rising Sun Collection Just a Memory
1977 A Touch of the Blues Fluid Records with Joe Lee Wilson
1977 Ballads for Trane Denon Records
1977 Day Dream Denon
1977 On Green Dolphin Street Denon
1977 Parisian Concert Vols. 1 & 2 Sun
1977 Live in Europe Sun
1978 Duet Denon with Dollar Brand
1978 Live in Tokyo Denon
1978 Maple Leaf Rag Fluid
1979 Bird Fire: A Tribute To Charlie Parker West Wind Records
1979 Invitation Sun Siegfried Kessler Trio featuring Archie Shepp
1980 Trouble in Mind Steeplechase with Horace Parlan
1981 Looking at Bird Steeplechase with Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen
1981 I know about the life Sackville with Kenny Werner, Santie Debriano and John Betsch
1981 Passport To Paradise: Archie Shepp plays Sydney Bechet West Wind
1982 Mama Rose West Wind
1982 Soul Song Enja
1984 Down Home New York Soul Note
1984 African Moods Circle
1984 Devil Blues Circle
1984 Archie Shepp and Jeanne Lee West Wind
1984 Tenor Saxes Circle
1985 California Meeting: Live on Broadway Soul Note
1985 Little Red Moon Soul Note
1985 Passion 52e Rue Est
1987 En concert: 1st set 52e Rue Est
1987 En concert: 2nd set 52e Rue Est
1987 Splashes L+R Wilbur Little tribute
1989 En concert à Banlieues Bleues 52e Rue Est
1991 I Didn't Know About You Timeless Records
1995 Lover Man Timeless
1995 Sophisticated Lady West Wind
1995 Blue Ballads Venus Records With John Hicks, George Mraz, Billy Drummond
1997 Something to Live For Timeless
2000 Black Ballads Timeless
2001 Live in New York Verve Roswell Rudd, Andrew Cyrille, Reggie Workman, Grachan Moncur III
2001 Hungarian Bebop BMC Records with Mihály Dresch Quartet
2003 Deja Vu Venus

As sideman

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With the New York Contemporary Five

With John Coltrane

With the Chet Baker Quintet

  • In Memory of (L & R Music, 1988)

With Dave Burrell

With Material

With Frank Zappa

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