Yasmina, a Black Woman

Yasmina, a Black Woman is a jazz album by Archie Shepp, recorded in 1969 in Paris for BYG Actuel records. It features musicians from the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The first track, giving its title to the album, is a long free jazz piece by an 11-piece orchestra; in it, the references to Africa that Shepp had experimented with only a few weeks earlier in Algiers are to be found in the use of African percussion instruments, or the African incantations sung by Shepp himself at the beginning of the track. The other two pieces, a homage to Sonny Rollins written by trombonist Grachan Moncur III and a standard, played by a more traditional quintet and quartet respectively, are more reminiscent of the hard bop genre, although the fiery playing of the musicians, notably Shepp himself, gives them a definite avant-garde edge. It was originally issued on CD by Affinity (paired with Poem for Malcolm), mastered from an incredibly noisy vinyl source and later reissued by Charly (also paired with Poem for Malcolm) from the original master tapes.

Yasmina, a Black Woman
Studio album by
RecordedAugust 12, 1969
(Paris, France)
GenreFree jazz
LabelBYG Actuel
SNAP 162 CD (CD re-issue)
ProducerJean Georgakarakos, Jean-Luc Young
Archie Shepp chronology
Live at the Pan-African Festival
Yasmina, a Black Woman
Poem for Malcolm
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]

Track listing

  1. "Yasmina, a Black Woman" (A. Shepp) – 20:08
  2. "Sonny's Back" (G. Moncur) – 14:03
  3. "Body and Soul" (Heyman, Sour, Green) – 6:23
Recorded: Paris, August 12, 1969.


On "Yasmina, a Black Woman"

On "Sonny's Back"

On "Body and Soul"


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