Archie Shepp: Mama Too Tight

Track

Mama Too Tight

Artist

Archie Shepp (tenor sax)

CD

Mama Too Tight (Impulse IMP 12482)

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Musicians:

Archie Shepp (tenor sax), Tommy Turrentine (trumpet), Grachan Moncur III (trombone), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Howard Johnson (tuba), Charlie Haden (bass), Beaver Harris (drums),

Perry Robinson (clarinet)

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Composed by Archie Shepp

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Recorded: Englewood Cliffs (NJ), August 19, 1966

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Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Though often considered – in the '60s – as one of the most politically oriented intellectuals of the free jazz movement, Archie Shepp has always advocated and maintained a link with the popular roots of African- American music. This tune is a good example of a marching band-type song, played in a purposely relaxed and unsophisticated way, far from the shrieks and howls one might expect. In fact, Shepp’s tenor solo, towards the end of the song, is the only one that expresses anger and revolt. And indeed, it makes the band sound a bit as if it danced to keep from crying.

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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