Jazz Spoken Here : Archie Shepp bridges generations of poetic expression

Decades before Public Enemy and NWA, Archie Shepp was electrifying audiences with his gritty urban poetry. “Where tracks is, the money ain’t/It’s all in them tracks,” the saxophonist recited on “Scag,” a performance captured on a recording of his landmark concert at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1965. The arco drone of Barre Phillips’ bass strings, the anxious...

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