“I play music out of an overwhelming need to play...” wrote the revolutionary saxophonist Archie Shepp in 1966. Responding to that inner drive, Shepp has created an immense body of work that bristles with passionate invention, dramatic self-expression, and a palpable feeling of black pride and accomplishment. Still active today, Shepp is particularly remembered for his contributions to the avant-garde “New Thing” of the Sixties and the outspoken articulation of his rage and fury over the racial situation in America.
Archie Shepp was born on May 24, 1937, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, though most of his childhood was spent in Philadelphia. His earliest musical influences were right at home; his father played... Read More