The Way Ahead (album)

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.

The Way Ahead
Studio album by
Released1968 (1968)
RecordedJanuary 29, 1968
ProducerBob Thiele
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Professional ratings
Review scores
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[2]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "The set is a glorious stretch of the old and new, with deep blues, gospel, and plenty of guttersnipe swing in the mix".[3]

Track listing

  1. "Damn If I Know (The Stroller)" (Walter Davis Jr.) - 6:16
  2. "Frankenstein" (Grachan Moncur III) - 13:50
  3. "Fiesta" (Archie Shepp) - 9:54
  4. "Sophisticated Lady" (Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Mitchell Parish) - 7:08
  5. "New Africa" (Moncur) - 12:55 Bonus track on CD
  6. "Bakai" (Cal Massey) - 10:14 Bonus track on CD
  • Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, January 29, 1968



  1. Allmusic Review
  2. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 179. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed April 7, 2009.
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