The Magic of Ju-Ju

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The Magic of Ju-Ju
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Studio album by Archie Shepp
Released 1967 (1967)
Recorded April 26, 1967
Genre Jazz
Label Impulse!
Archie Shepp chronology
Mama Too Tight
The Magic of Ju-Ju
The Way Ahead
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

The Magic of Ju-Ju is an album by Archie Shepp released on Impulse! Records in 1967. The album contains tracks recorded by Shepp, Martin Banks, Mike Zwerin, Reggie Workman, Norman Connors, Frank Charles, Dennis Charles, Ed Blackwell and Beaver Harris in April 1967.


The Allmusic review by Al Campbell states of the title track "Shepp's emotional and fiery tenor takes off immediately, gradually morphing with the five percussionists who perform on instruments including rhythm logs and talking drums. Shepp never loses the initial energy, moving forward like a man possessed as the drumming simultaneously builds into a fury. Upon the final three minutes, the trumpets of Martin Banks and Michael Zwerin make an abrupt brief appearance, apparently to ground the piece to a halt. This is one of Shepp's most chaotic yet rhythmically hypnotic pieces".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Magic of Ju-Ju" - 18:37
  2. "You're What This Day Is All About" - 1:51
  3. "Shazam!" - 4:43
  4. "Sorry 'Bout That" - 10:07
All compositions by Archie Shepp
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, April 26, 1967



  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.