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Ocean Bridges began as a family affair. Raw Poetic, a.k.a. Jason Moore, is Shepp’s nephew, and 20 years ago the saxophonist jammed to some tracks he had made. They stayed in touch over the years as Moore’s style evolved and became more expansive. In 2019, Moore put together a band and Shepp crossed the ocean from France (though the title is more about the gap between the genres) to join the session.
The 66-minute recording is limber and full of chill grooves punctuated by interludes enhanced with references to Eddie Harris’ “Freedom Jazz Dance” and John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps.” The main tracks feature eight musicians, most prominently Damu the Fudgemunk, a.k.a. Earl Davis, who contributes drums, vibraphone, and turntabling. The highlights include “Sugar Coat It,” which features exceptionally fluid rapping from Poetic and a gruff Shepp blowing over and under the rhymes; and “Aperture,” where the stuttering, cascading drumbeats intertwine with furious blowing. Although very of its moment, the recording is in the spirit of the early ’70s, when genres didn’t need bridges to overlap and political consciousness was a given.
|A2||Learning To Breathe|
|A3||Professor Shepp's Agenda 1|
|A5||Professor Shepp's Agenda 2|
|B7||Professor Shepp's Agenda 3|
|C9||Professor Shepp's Agenda 4|
|C10||Sugar Coat It|
|C11||Professor Shepp's Agenda 5|
|D12||2 Hour Parking|
|D13||Professor Shepp's Agenda 6|
|D15||Professor Shepp's Agenda 7|
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