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Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead


Composed By – Grachan Moncur
Composed By – Archie Shepp
3Damn If I Know (The Stroller)
Composed By – Walter Davis Jr.
4Sophisticated Lady
Composed By – Duke Ellington


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
AS-9170Archie Shepp The Way Ahead ‎(LP, Album)Impulse!AS-9170US1968
SIPL 516Archie Shepp The Way Ahead ‎(LP, Album)Impulse!SIPL 516UK1969
MVCI-23080, AS-9170Archie Shepp The Way Ahead ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)Impulse!, Impulse!MVCI-23080, AS-9170Japan1992
MIPL-516Archie Shepp The Way Ahead ‎(LP, Album, Mono)Impulse!MIPL-516UK1969
IMP 12722Archie Shepp The Way Ahead ‎(CD, Album, RE, RM)Impulse!IMP 12722Europe1998


  • BassRon Carter
  • DesignRobert & Barbara Flynn
  • DrumsBeaver Harris (tracks: A2, B2), Roy Haynes (tracks: A1, B1)
  • EngineerBob Simpson
  • Photography ByChuck Stewart
  • Photography By [Liner Photo]Frank Kofsky
  • PianoWalter Davis Jr.
  • ProducerBob Thiele
  • Tenor SaxophoneArchie Shepp
  • TromboneGrachan Moncur III
  • TrumpetJimmy Owens


Recorded: January 29th, 1968.

On back cover:
A product of ABC Records, Inc.
Printed in U.S.A.

On labels:
Stereo - Ce disque peut être utilisé avec un lecteur Mono - U
Recorded by A.B.C. Records inc. U.S.A.
Made in France

First Category on sleeve, second on labels.


  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): 9170 A 21 M6 264104
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 9170 B 21 M6 264105
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side A): 9170 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label side B): 9170 B
  • Rights Society: BIEM


  • Record Company – ABC Records, Inc.
  • Pressed By – Pathé Marconi, Chatou – 264104
  • Pressed By – Pathé Marconi, Chatou – 264105



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. Archie Shepp, Frankenstein, album The way ahead, New York, 1968 Archie Shepp: tenor saxophone Jimmy Owens: trumpet Grachan Moncur III: trombone Town Music. Archie Shepp. Ocean Bridges. 2020 Album of 1963. The Early Albums Collection. Archie Shepp & The New York Contemporary Five: Sound Barrier. Archie Shepp and the New York Contemporary Five. Archie Shepp, The New York Contemporary Five. The New York Contemporary Five. En Concert. Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead 1967. To favorites 2 Download album. Listen album. Songs in album Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead 1967. Archie Shepp - Damn If I Know. Archie Shepp - Frankenstein. Archie Shepp - Fiesta. Archie Shepp - Sophisticated Lady. Archie Shepp - New Africa. Archie Shepp - Bakai. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Way Ahead was a turning point for Archie Shepp. For starters, he had looked all over the jazzimprov arena for the proper combination of players - without a piano. One can speculate that this was because he cut his first teeth with pianist Cecil Taylor, and that could ruin anybody for life. Recorded in 1969, The Way Ahead featured Ron Carter on bass, Grachan Moncur III's trombone, Jimmy Owens' trumpet, and drums by either Beaver Harris or Roy Haynes, with Walter Davis, Jr. on piano. The set is a glorious stretch of the old and new, with deep blues, gospel, and plenty of guttersn. Album 1969 6 Songs. The Way Ahead. Jazz , 1969. Damn If I Know The Stroller. The Way Ahead is an album by Archie Shepp released on Impulse. New Africa - Archie Shepp. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. The Way Ahead is a avant-garde jazz music album recording by ARCHIE SHEPP released in 1968 on CD, LPVinyl andor cassette. Archie Shepp's The Way Ahead begins with a half-rythmic bass line played by the one and only Ron Carter while Archie blows some sax burts. From then on there and for the rest of the album, each track continues to build and explore while keeping a 'much-more-easier-to-listen-to-on-the-first-try-than-other-avant garde-albums' groove. If you are new to the acoustic avant-gardefree-jazz world - this is a PERFECT place of origin to start researching

Archie Shepp - The Way Ahead
Performer: Archie Shepp
Genre: Jazz
Title: The Way Ahead
Country: France
Released: 1969
Style: Free Jazz, Post Bop
MP3 album: 1894 mb
FLAC album: 1158 mb
Source: Vinyl, LP, Album
№ Cat: A-9170, A. 9170
Label: Impulse!