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Archie Shepp

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Negro music and culture are intrinsically improvisational, existential. Nothing is sacred. After a decade, a musical idea, no matter how innovative, is threatened.

— Archie Shepp

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A whole generation of young whites have involved themselves with traditional Negro music.

— Archie Shepp

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And when I met Cecil Taylor it was a complete transformation of musical identities. All the tenets that I had grown up with were thrown out the window.

— Archie Shepp

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I find that here in the States, audiences are generally less knowledgeable, from the cognitive point of view, though they are emotionally more receptive.

— Archie Shepp

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In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.

— Archie Shepp

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Rap actually took root in the Negro community, and then in the Hispanic community, long before it impacted on the larger American community as a whole.

— Archie Shepp

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So, I was just a young guy, maybe with an idea, and Cecil Taylor, himself a rebel, would take a chance on a guy like me. It turned out to be a very symbiotic partnership. I learned a lot from him.

— Archie Shepp

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Today, music is visual.

— Archie Shepp

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Yes, the audience is so important to Negro music, especially the element of call and response.

— Archie Shepp

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You get a show where people are jumping up and dancing, but it's not a critical event in the sense of profound catharsis. Essentially it's celebratory.

— Archie Shepp

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About Archie Shepp

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Shepp is featured in the 1981 documentary film Imagine the Sound in which he discusses and performs his music and poetry. Biography
Shepp was born in Fort Lauderdale Florida but raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he studied piano clarinet and alto saxophone before focusing on tenor saxophone (he occasionally plays soprano saxophone and piano). " Shepp was also a professor of African American Studies at SUNY in Buffalo New York.

Shepp is best known for his passionately Afrocentric music of the late 1960s which focused on highlighting the injustices faced by African Americans as well as for his work with the New York Contemporary Five Horace Parlan and his collaborations with his "New Thing" contemporaries most notably Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane. Archie Shepp (born May 24 1937) is a prominent African-American jazz saxophonist.

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