Trouble in Mind (Archie Shepp album)

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Trouble in Mind
Trouble in Mind (Archie Shepp album).jpg
Studio album by Archie Shepp and Horace Parlan
Released 1980
Recorded February 6, 1980
Genre Jazz
Length 50:13
Label SteepleChase
Archie Shepp chronology
Attica Blues Big Band
(1979)Attica Blues Big Band1979
Trouble in Mind
Looking at Bird
(1980)Looking at Bird1980
Horace Parlan chronology
The Maestro
(1979) The Maestro1979
Trouble in Mind
(1980) Trouble in Mind1980
(1981) Pannonica1981

Trouble in Mind is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Horace Parlan, featuring performances recorded in 1980 and released on the Danish-based SteepleChase label.[1] The album consists mainly of early and traditional blues and follows up to their 1977 album of duets on spirituals Goin' Home.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars stating "It is particularly interesting to hear Shepp, best known for his ferocious free jazz performances of the mid-to-late '60s, adjusting his sound and giving such songs as "Trouble in Mind," Earl Hines's "Blues in Thirds" and "St. James Infirmary" tasteful and respectful yet emotional treatment. Recommended".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Backwater Blues" (Bessie Smith) - 2:42
  2. "Trouble in Mind" (Richard M. Jones) - 3:26
  3. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (Jimmy Cox) - 5:55
  4. "Careless Love" (W. C. Handy) - 2:36
  5. "How Long Blues" (Leroy Carr) - 5:00
  6. "Blues in Thirds" (Earl Hines) - 5:16
  7. "When Things Go Wrong" (Traditional) 5:05
  8. "Goin' Down Slow" (St. Louis Jimmy Oden) - 4:26
  9. "Court House Blues" (Traditional) - 3:41
  10. "See See Rider" (Traditional) - 4:43
  11. "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (Traditional) - 3:26
  12. "St. James Infirmary" (Traditional) - 4:22



  1. ^ SteepleChase Records catalog accessed September 23, 2010
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 23, 2010
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 179. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.