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Sea of Faces
Archie Shepp
Sea of Faces
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Archie Shepp
Title: Sea of Faces
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Black Saint
Release Date: 9/7/1993
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 027312000221, 8013252630217

CD Reviews

Robert E. Lloyd | Deerfield Beach, FL | 03/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One word should suffice to encourage you to buy this: Hipnosis.
It's one of the most amazing performances by any group of jazz musicians, incredibly tight yet expressive. Dave Burrell is on fire. Shepp navigates a familiar theme by dancing across the landscape with a unique blend of ferocity and tenderness. You don't need to think about the rest of the album--Hipnosis is why you should get it."
The darkly polished brassware shines at you | Belgium | 10/02/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although this performance from 1975 was known and appreciated by the then fans, some jazz critics, lamenting at the evolution of Shepp's music (thought to deviate from the royal road of politico-musical correctness), have failed to notice its remarkable qualities. While I agree with those connoisseurs that some details in this recording are less inspiring (Burrell's piano solo on "Hipnosis", Shepp's own piano playing on "I know 'bout the life", etc.), such criticisms virtually fade into nothing when you allow yourself to be carried away by the 25 minute "Hipnosis" (Grachan Moncur's obsessive theme). It offers one of the darkest, most exciting and sweeping tenor sax explorations to be found on Shepp's recordings (along with "Yasmina a black woman" and the now untraceable "Coral Rock" from the late sixties), intense and devoid of clichés. This millésime of Shepp may have become somewhat less acid, less fatty in the mouth and (whether you like it or not) more reconciled with tradition than the Impulse years' venturer. But the man is at the height of his powers here, not the captive of any one idiom but at home in many, including 'free'. Most of the time the music swings heavily and irresistibly. Shepp doesn't reduce his fellow musicians to the status of bystanders here. Bunny Foy is an excellent vocalist (on "Song For Mozambique" and "I know 'bout the life"), Charles Greenlee takes an exciting trombone solo on "Hipnosis", Cameron Brown on bass is outstanding throughout."