Archie Shepp Quartet

Jazz
© Jan Kricke
© Jan Kricke

The modern jazz legend Archie Shepp has always enjoyed a high profile in Germany, most recently because of his celebrated collaboration with Joachim Kühn. Both grand seigneurs in their respective fields, they share a very specific feeling for swing, making their music seem a little less abstract than that of their avantgarde contemporaries.

After their joint album Wo!Man (2011), which was released on the Archieball label Shepp set up in 2004, the tenor and soprano saxophonist worked with the Attica Blues Orchestra on the live album I Hear the Sound in 2013, which largely features songs from the legendary 1972 album Attica Blues. In 2016, at the age of 79, Shepp was awarded the prestigious NEA Jazz Master Award. A new album is expected in 2019 which is recorded with the current quartet lineup Carl-Henri Morisset on piano, Darryl Hall on double bass and Steve McCraven on drums.