Attica Blues (album)

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Attica Blues
Archie Shepp - Attica Blues.jpg
Studio album by Archie Shepp
Released 1972
Recorded January 24–26, 1972
at A&R Recording, New York
Genre Jazz, post-bop, avant-garde jazz, big band, jazz poetry
Label Impulse! AS-9222
Producer Ed Michel
Archie Shepp chronology
Things Have Got to Change
Attica Blues
The Cry of My People
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone favorable[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Attica Blues is an album by avant-garde jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp. Originally released in 1972 on the Impulse! label, the album title is a direct reference to the Attica Prison riots.


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey states: "Attica Blues is one of Shepp's most successful large-group projects, because his skillful handling of so many different styles of black music produces such tremendously groovy results".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Archie Shepp except as indicated
  1. "Attica Blues" (lyrics by Beaver Harris) – 4:49
  2. "Invocation: Attica Blues" (Harris) – 0:18
  3. "Steam, Part 1" – 5:08
  4. "Invocation to Mr. Parker" (lyrics by Bart Gray) – 3:17
  5. "Steam, Part 2" – 5:10
  6. "Blues for Brother George Jackson" – 4:00
  7. "Invocation: Ballad for a Child" (Harris) – 0:30
  8. "Ballad for a Child" (lyrics by Harris) – 3:37
  9. "Good-Bye Sweet Pops" (Cal Massey) – 4:23
  10. "Quiet Dawn" (Massey) – 6:12
Recorded at A&R Recording, NYC, January 24–26, 1972
(Time signatures slightly differ from one issue to another, due to merging tracks.)



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 179. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  4. ^ Huey, S. Allmusic Review, accessed June 25, 2009.

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