On This Night

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On This Night
On This Night.jpg
Studio album by Archie Shepp
Released 1965 (1965)
Recorded March 9 & August 12, 1965
Genre Jazz
Length 59:43
Label Impulse!
Archie Shepp chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[2]

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.


The Allmusic review by Al Campbell states that "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. The CD version of On This Night includes an alternate take of "The Mac Man," three of "The Chased," and a reading of his poem "Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm." Shepp is the solo horn on these dates, playing at peak form".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  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 Bonus track on CD
  4. "The Original Mr. Sonny Boy Williamson" - 5:58
  5. "In a Sentimental Mood" (Duke Ellington, Manny Kurtz, Irving Mills) - 3:18
  6. "Chased" [alternate take] - 11:45 Bonus track on CD
  7. "Chased" [alternate take 2] - 6:13 Bonus track on CD
  8. "Chased" [take 3] - 5:14
  9. "Pickaninny (Picked Clean-No More-Or Can You Back Back Doodleboug)" - 7:22
  10. "Malcolm, Malcolm, Semper Malcolm" - 4:50 Bonus track on CD
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)



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