Original 1969 BYG album.
Digitally mastered from original BYG tapes by Nick Robbins.
16-pages booklet with photos & exclusive liner notes by author and journalist Kevin Le Gendre.
Florida-born saxophonist, composer, poet, actor and playwright Archie Shepp was one of the most articulate exponents of politicized black culture in the late ‘60s, a time of enormous upheaval and radical thought. Relocating to Paris he made a number of highly influential albums, such as Blasé, that broached the essential themes of freedom and racial equality, and tapped into the bedrock of African-American music. Gospel and blues were a major part of the work, which also had a strong avant-garde sensibility. The band featured stellar vocalist Jeanne Lee and members of Art Ensemble Of Chicago. These trailblazing artists who combined jazz, poetry and radical politics made a definitive musical statement. “This re-mastered version of a seminal album still has great musical and emotional power… “ Kevin Le Gendre, 2022
Side A :
My Angel / Blasé / There Is A Balm In Gilead
Side B :
Sophisticated Lady / Touareg