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On This Night is an album by Archie Shepp released on Impulse! Records in 1965. The album contains tracks recorded by Shepp, David Izenzon and J. C. Moses in March 1965 and with a larger band in August of that year.

On This Night
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Studio album by
Released1965 (1965)
RecordedMarch 9 & August 12, 1965
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
GenreJazz
Length59:43
LabelImpulse!
ProducerBob Thiele
Archie Shepp chronology
Fire Music
(1965)
On This Night
(1965)
New Thing at Newport
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide4/5 stars[2]

Contents

ReceptionEdit

The Allmusic review by Al Campbell states: "Among the highlights are a passionate reading of Duke Ellington's 'In a Sentimental Mood' and the title piece, a moving tribute to W. E. B. Du Bois, featuring the haunting soprano vocalist Christine Spencer employing a distinct 20th century classical influence, with Shepp on piano. Shepp is the solo horn on these dates, playing at peak form."[1] The CD version of On This Night includes an alternate take of "The Mac Man" and three of "The Chased" from the "Further Fire Music" album and a reading of his poem "Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm", previously issued on the "Fire Music" album. The track "Gingerbread, Gingerbread Man" was removed and included as a bonus track on the CD reissue of the John Coltrane/Archie Shepp album New Thing at Newport.

Original LP track listingEdit

  1. "The Mac Man" – 7:27
  2. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills) – 3:18
  3. "Gingerbread, Gingerbread Boy" – 10:15
  4. "On This Night (If That Great Day Would Come)" – 10:00
  5. "The Original Mr. Sonny Boy Williamson" – 5:58
  6. "The Pickaninny (Picked Clean-No More-Or Can You Back Back Doodleboug)" – 7:22
All compositions by Archie Shepp except as indicated
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 9, 1965 (track 6), and August 12, 1965 (tracks 1,2,4,5) and live at Newport July 2, 1965 (track 3)

CD reissue track listingEdit

  1. "On This Night (If That Great Day Would Come)" – 10:00
  2. "The Mac Man" – 7:27
  3. "The Mac Man" [alternate take] – 9:27
  4. "The Original Mr. Sonny Boy Williamson" – 5:58
  5. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills) – 3:18
  6. "The Chased" [alternate take] – 11:45
  7. "The Chased" [alternate take 2] – 6:13
  8. "The Chased" [take 3] – 5:14
  9. "The Pickaninny (Picked Clean-No More-Or Can You Back Back Doodleboug)" – 7:22
  10. "Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm" – 4:50
All compositions by Archie Shepp except as indicated
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, March 9, 1965 (tracks 6–10), and August 12, 1965 (tracks 1–5)

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Campbell, Al Allmusic Review accessed April 7, 2009.
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 179. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.