Three for Shepp

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Three for Shepp
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Studio album by Marion Brown
Released 1967
Recorded December 1, 1966
Studio Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre Free jazz
Length34:43
Label Impulse!
A-9139
Producer Bob Thiele
Marion Brown chronology
Three for Shepp
(1967)
Juba Lee
(1967)

Three for Shepp is the debut album by American saxophonist Marion Brown featuring performances recorded in 1966 for the Impulse! label. [1]

Marion Brown American saxophonist

Marion Brown was an American jazz alto saxophonist and ethnomusicologist. He is most well known as a member of the 1960s avant-garde jazz scene in New York City, playing alongside musicians such as John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, and John Tchicai. He performed on Coltrane's landmark 1965 album Ascension.

Impulse! Records American record label

Impulse! Records is an American jazz record company and label established by Creed Taylor in 1960. John Coltrane was among Impulse!'s earliest signings. Thanks to the consistent sales and critical kudos generated by his recordings, the label came to be known as "the house that Trane built".

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Reception

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Marion Brown's Three for Shepp is the image-in-the-mirror companion to Archie Shepp's Four for Trane recorded the year before. The program is equally divided between Brown's originals, which occupy the first half of the album, and Shepp tunes that take up the latter half. What is immediately striking is how similar in tone, color, and texture the two men were when it came to composition. Brown arms himself here with crack bands for these recordings... This is a classic Impulse! recording of the period by an overlooked master". [2]

Archie Shepp American jazz musician

Archie Shepp is an American jazz saxophonist.

<i>Four for Trane</i> 1964 studio album by Archie Shepp

Four for Trane is a studio album by Archie Shepp released on Impulse! Records in 1964. Four of the five tracks are reworkings of pieces originally recorded on John Coltrane's 1960 Giant Steps and Coltrane Plays the Blues, rearranged by Shepp and Roswell Rudd. Coltrane himself co-produced the album alongside Bob Thiele.

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Track listing

All compositions by Marion Brown except as noted

  1. "New Blue" - 5:11
  2. "Fortunato" - 8:54
  3. "The Shadow Knows" - 3:04
  4. "Spooks" (Archie Shepp) - 4:32
  5. "West India" (Shepp) - 6:24
  6. "Delicado" (Shepp) - 6:38

Personnel

Alto saxophone type of saxophone

The alto saxophone, also referred to as the alto sax, is a member of the saxophone family of woodwind instruments invented by Belgian instrument designer Adolphe Sax in the 1840s, and patented in 1846. It is pitched in E, and is smaller than the tenor, but larger than the soprano. The alto sax is the most common saxophone and is commonly used in concert bands, chamber music, solo repertoire, military bands, marching bands, and jazz. The fingerings of the different saxophones are all the same so a saxophone player can play any type of saxophone.

Grachan Moncur III is an American jazz trombonist. He is the son of jazz bassist Grachan Moncur II and the nephew of jazz saxophonist Al Cooper.

Trombone type of brass instrument

The trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. As on all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player's vibrating lips (embouchure) cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate. Nearly all trombones have a telescoping slide mechanism that varies the length of the instrument to change the pitch. Many modern trombone models also use a valve attachment to lower the pitch of the instrument. Variants such as the valve trombone and superbone have three valves similar to those on the trumpet.

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References

  1. Impulse! Records discography accessed April 11, 2011
  2. 1 2 Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed April 11, 2011