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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SteepleChase
  • ASIN: B000027UDE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By gavin on February 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Stop and take a closer look at this album! This is one of the obscure gems of jazz. Featuring songs associated with Charlie Parker, Archie Shepp on saxophone and Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson on bass explore the legacy of the great bebop master. The instrumentation may seem odd and you may pass on this because it's just saxophone and bass. Instead without drums or piano, the songs have a spaciousness not usually found in the complex harmonies and elaborate melodies of bebop. If you know Archie Shepp, you know that he is not someone you would expect to reflect on Charlie Parker's style and sound. Shepp typically plays in an unpolished, crude style. He appears to choose this for an emotionally direct approach to the music and his improvisation. Pedersen, on the other hand, is the opposite. HIs style is clear and virtuosic and the contrast between these two musicians is positively enlightening!
For the most part, each tune is a straightforward statement of the melody followed by some jamming by this duo. Shepp switches between tenor and soprano, never touching Parker's alto. Shepp wanders in and out of key (as well as tune!), but always with great taste and sense. He never comes near the bop sensibility, but he doesn't have to, this is honest, brilliant stuff. Pedersen is the perfect alter ego for this style. He is immaculately clear, alternating between walking bass lines and overtone chords. The sax plays outside the rhythms while the bass is a real metronome.
Of the thousands of recordings I have, this one is one of the desert island choices. Don't hesitate, you won't be sorry buying this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "mlewando" on November 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have had this record for 20 years, and I keep playing it and playing it. Shepp is terrific on this one: inventive, intense as always, but never losing the sense of the tune. When the avant-garde, adventurous, and gifted jazz musicians like Shepp come back to their roots, they always bring something interesting and unique out of the old music.
Great tunes and a great partner are critical for a duet record like this, and Shepp has both here. NHOP is cooler but equally impressive, providing suberb and inventive accompaniment throughout and some fine solos. I love all the tunes, but this rendition of "Embraceable You" is amazing.
This is a must-have for Shepp fans, and, like the previous reviewer, it's definitely on my desert island list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on November 20, 2008
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One disc 44 minutes approximately. There is no reference to remastering of any kind-however the sound is clean and warm,with good separation of instruments. For anyone who thinks this set is just another cash-in on Charlie "Yardbird" Parker's name and legacy-guess again. And for those who might equate Shepp with a more dissonant style of playing,something along the lines of Anthony Braxton's THE CHARLIE PARKER PROJECT,nothing could be further from the truth.

This collection of tunes,while paying tribute to Parker,is in a class of it's own. Both Shepp and NHOP(Niels-Henning Orsted Pederson) are well-schooled in "Bird's" music. This set gives the term "duo" a clear definition of what two musicians of this caliber are capable of playing. From the very first track these two people meld their instruments into a satisfyingly rich whole. While Shepp's playing,whether its on tenor or soprano sax,does take center stage,NHOP gets plenty of space to interpret this music. His bass tone is warm yet clean,and seems to flow through these tunes effortlessly. They are constantly weaving in and out of each others path,supporting each other or stepping out for a short solo.

The overall tone of this album is set in the mid-tempo range,but there are a number of "foot-tappers",so the album moves right along. This set pays homage to Parker and still manages to have it's own individualistic sound. Of the eight tunes five are by Parker,with the other three being standards identified with Parker. As usual Shepp will throw out a few fast squelches on his horn in the middle of playing the melody,which only serves to contrast his style and interpretation,while still staying true to Parker's legacy.
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