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Fire Music
Archie Shepp
Fire Music
Genres: Jazz, Pop
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #1

Japanese 24 Bit/96KHz remastered reissue of 1965 album originally issued on Impulse!, packaged in a limited edition miniature gatefold LP sleeve. 2001.


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All Artists: Archie Shepp
Title: Fire Music
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Grp Records
Release Date: 8/15/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 011105015820


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Japanese 24 Bit/96KHz remastered reissue of 1965 album originally issued on Impulse!, packaged in a limited edition miniature gatefold LP sleeve. 2001.

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The Best Shepp
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 08/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Fire Music," with its rich horn textures, contsantly changing tempos, and inventive, original compositions and arrangements, has to be Archie Shepp's best album as a leader. Archie's tenor playing is passionate and wild, and the incredible band of Ted Curson (tp), Joe Orange (tb), Marion Brown (as), Reggie Johnson (b) and Joe Chambers (d) follow suit. The disc opens with "Hambone" and its wonderful shifting rhythms and mutated groove. Next is "Los Olividados," with its alternately haunting and playful melodies, followed by the eerie, laconic spoken-word/musical elegy, "Malcolm, Malcolm-Semper Malcolm," for the slain civil rights leader. After these three outstanding "new jazz," black power firestorms, it's not surprising that Impulse wanted Shepp to include accessible material like Ellington's "Prelude to a Kiss" and one of the era's (and history's) most popular jazz tunes, "The Girl From Ipanema," to conclude the album. But this is no watered-down finale, and you would be hard pressed to find more exploratory and original readings of these standards. With that being said, it's too bad Shepp couldn't have combined the first three tracks here with say, the beginning of "On This Night," because that would have been one of the greatest avant-garde jazz albums of all-time. As is, "Fire Music" is still pretty amazing."
Fire Music
Gabi K. | Oakland, CA | 08/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fire Music: Its just that. Passionate fire, anger, melancholy--upended and roaring through the hi-fi. Get this album, check the updated Ipanema--its hot. The horn choir effect and Shepp's screaming tenor mix, reaching, reaching, reaching...epiphany?"
Hands down one of the best
JuRo | St. Pete | 06/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I picked up Fire Music in the mid 90s and have never grown sick of this truly unique record. I would rank this recording as one of the finest and most overlooked in jazz of the 1960s. Shepp's sextet pounds out some blistering and intense music that is full of dynamics and wild composition that borderlines avantgarde, but never fully crosses over the line. This album teeters right on the edge without fully exploding, which makes perfect sense calling it Fire Music because the music is a steady burn. Shepp's playing is intense and passionate. there's longer and more dynamic heads than allot of other jazz. There's a certian sloppyness to it as well that actually makes this album better, exagerating the edgy nature of the music. I must also mention the awesome drumming of Joe Chambers.
Shepp is a highly underrated genius."