Song of the Week: “Ballad for a Child” by Archie Shepp

by Douglas Cowie on 30 November 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Ballad for a Child” by Archie Shepp”

Last week I went to the Barbican Centre to see and hear Archie Shepp. He’s 84 years old now, and plays and sings beautifully. For this concert he was playing with an ensemble, a choir, and organist Amina Claudine Myers. You can read the program here. It was an excellent, thrilling concert, and towards the end they played “Ballad for a Child,” from Archie Shepp’s 1972 album Attica Blues.

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