Personnel: Archie Shepp (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Archie Shepp; Don Cherry & Ed Blackwell (clarinet); Don Cherry (cornet); Don Moore (double bass); John Tchicai (alto saxophone); J.C. Moses (drums).
Liner Note Author: Erik Wiedemann.
Recording information: Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, Denmark (11/15/1963).
This historically significant CD has ten of the 11 selections recorded by The New York Contemporary Five (and originally issued on two separate LPs) on November 11, 1963. The short-lived group, which consists of cornetist Don Cherry, altoist John Tchicai, Archie Shepp on tenor, bassist Don Moore and drummer J.C. Moses, was avant-garde for the period, influenced most by Ornette Coleman's Quartet; the participation of Coleman's cornetist certainly helped. However Tchicai (although sometimes hinting at Coleman) had a different approach than Ornette Coleman and it was obvious that Shepp had already developed his own original voice and was the group's most passionate soloist. Together this very interesting quintet (which would soon break up) performs pieces by Ornette Coleman, Thelonious Monk (short melodic renditions of "Monk's Mood" and "Crepescule with Nellie"), Bill Dixon, Tchicai, Shepp and Cherry. ~ Scott Yanow