1. Syeeda's Song Flute
2. Mr. Syms
3. Cousin Mary
Original Release Date: August 10, 1964
Arguably saxophonist Archie Shepp's masterpiece, FOUR FOR TRANE can also be counted among avant-garde jazz's most seminal albums. Recorded in 1964, in the heyday of the free movement, FOUR FOR TRANE contains four tunes by John Coltrane, whose own music was blazing free jazz trails during the same period. Yet Shepp and company re-invent Coltrane's compositions, stripping them down to primal blues while catapulting them into the free-jazz stratosphere.
With drummer Charlie Moffet, tenor saxophonist John Tchicai, Coltrane bassist Reggie Workman, and trombonist Roswell Rudd (who also arranges the tunes here), Shepp unleashes an intense, exuberant romp through "Cousin Mary," "Mr. Syms," "Syeeda's Song Flute," and the gorgeous "Naima," before closing out the disc with a Shepp original. The playing is brilliant and bracing enough to make this album as revolutionary today as it was the day it was released.