The Way Ahead (album)

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The Way Ahead
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Studio album by Archie Shepp
Released 1968 (1968)
Recorded January 29, 1968
Genre Jazz
Length 60:17
Label Impulse!
Archie Shepp chronology
The Magic of Ju-Ju
(1967)
The Way Ahead
(1968)
For Losers
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[2]

The Way Ahead is an album by Archie Shepp released on Impulse! Records in 1968. The album contains tracks recorded by Shepp, Jimmy Owens, Grachan Moncur III, Walter Davis Jr., Ron Carter, Roy Haynes and Beaver Harris in January 1968 with two additional tracks featuring Charles Davis, Dave Burrell and Walter Booker recorded in February 1969, and first released on Kwanza (1974), added to the CD release.

Reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "The set is a glorious stretch of the old and new, with deep blues, gospel, and plenty of guttersnipe swing in the mix".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Damn If I Know (The Stroller)" (Walter Davis Jr.) - 6:16
  2. "Frankenstein" (Grachan Moncur III) - 13:50
  3. "Fiesta" (Archie Shepp) - 9:54
  4. "Sophisticated Lady" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) - 7:08
  5. "New Africa" (Moncur) - 12:55 Bonus track on CD
  6. "Bakai" (Cal Massey) - 10:14 Bonus track on CD
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 29, 1968

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed April 7, 2009.