Jazz Saxophonist Archie Shepp is Honored with the 2016 NEA Jazz Masters Award
Shepp is best known for his Afrocentric music of the late 1960s, a unique style of free-form avant-garde jazz blended with African rhythms, and his collaborations with John Coltrane, Horace Parlan, Cecil Taylor, and the New York Contemporary Five ensemble. In 2004, Shepp co-founded the French record label Archie Ball to release his albums. The 2013 release by the label, I Hear the Sound by the Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra, was nominated for a GRAMMY Award.
"I accept this award with profound humility; that my 'petite chanson' could make a slight breadth of a sound on a shimmering wave. My song is a paean, which seeks to recreate the mournful utterance of the first man or woman enslaved. I am the 'motherless child' who wails the blues while others smile.” - Archie Shepp
A new Archie Shepp release on Black Saint, The Complete Remastered Recordings, is out on November 13 and features Shepp's legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note "A Sea of Faces," "Down Home New York," "Little Red Moon" and "California Meeting - Live On Broadway."