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The Way Ahead


Download links and information about The Way Ahead by Archie Shepp. This album was released in 1969 and it belongs to Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Avant Garde Metal genres. It contains 6 tracks with total duration of 01:00:21 minutes.

Artist: Archie Shepp
Release date: 1969
Genre: Jazz, Avant Garde Jazz, Avant Garde Metal
Tracks: 6
Duration: 01:00:21
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No. Title Length
1. Damn If I Know (The Stroller) 6:19
2. Frankenstein 13:53
3. Fiesta 9:57
4. Sophisticated Lady 7:11
5. New Africa [*] 12:57
6. Bakai [*] 10:04



Ron Carter has given jazz some of its thickest, most memorable bass lines, but few leave as deep an imprint as “Damn If I Know (The Stroller).” Opening Archie Shepp’s 1968 The Way Ahead, Carter forms a molasses slow blues figure that refuses all brevity. It seems like ages before Shepp’s gravelly tenor joins in, signaling the start of a loping jam that embraces both jazz cool and blues menace. Shepp is as willing to leave space blank as he is to fill it up, a deliberate maneuver that requires no small amount of courage. Though other horn players are featured on The Way Ahead, the bulk of the album is an exchange between Shepp’s tenor, Carter’s bass, and the drums of either Beaver Harris or Roy Haynes. There's so much confidence and fearlessness in the tone of Shepp’s tenor that the other musicians have no choice but to respond with driving force. As spare as they are, standouts such as “Frankenstein” and “Fiesta” dance on the edge of confrontation.