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Yasmina, A Black Woman (180g, Colored Vinyl) Vinyl LP

BYG RecordsSKU fr-4934

1969 avant-garde jazz live in Paris ft. Hank Mobley + Art Ensemble of Chicago members
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"Of all the African-American jazz musicians who arrived in Paris at the end of the ‘60s Saxophonist Archie Shepp was arguably the most influential. Still resident in the French capital to this day, he became an integral part of the European scene and struck fruitful working relationships with the likes of German pianist Joachim Kuhn. Shepp also recorded important albums for BYG, and Yasmina, A Black Woman is one of the most compelling from both an intellectual and musical point of view. The title track is a praise song for a ‘soul sister’ with an Afro-Arabic name, which signals a move way from Eurocentricity or undue focus on the West. It features the kind of impassioned playing from Shepp and a band that has a number of significant figures drawn from very different scenes in the States. Saxophonist Hank Mobley and drummer Philly Joe Jones, two of the great heroes of hard bop, found themselves alongside soloists frequently associated with the avant-garde, such as pianist Dave Burrell, trumpeter Lester Bowie and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, the latter two being members of Art Ensemble Of Chicago. A supergroup was in the group. Together all these players perform an admirably varied repertoire that reflects the interest Shepp had in the whole history of black music in America, from blues and swing through to free improvisation, as well as his increasing fascination with African rhythms as well as post-colonial politics. The result is a set that bubbles with defiant energy and also conveys a deep sense of romanticism and unabashed tenderness. Original 1969 BYG album remastered from original BYG tapes." - BYG Records

  • 1969 album by pioneering avant-garde saxophonist recorded live in Paris
  • 180g white marble colored vinyl
  • remastered from original BYG master tapes
  • housed in replica gatefold jacket w/ original liner notes
  • printed insert w/ extensive liner notes by author + journalist Kevin Le Gendre
  • limited edition
  • featuring Archie Shepp (t. sax, vox), Hank Mobley (t. sax), Arthur Jones (a. sax), Lester Bowie (t), Dave Burrell (p), Malachi Favors (b), Philly Joe Jones (d), Sunny Murray (d) + more
  • original release year: 1969
  • music label: BYG Records 2023



UPC: 5060767441121


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