|Studio album by|
|Recorded||January 23 & 24, 1999|
|Studio||Riverside Studio, Chicago, IL|
|Producer||Kahil El'Zabar, Robert G. Koester|
|Kahil El'Zabar chronology|
|Archie Shepp chronology|
Conversations is an album by saxophonist Archie Shepp with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, which also includes Ari Brown and Malachi Favors, which was recorded in 1999 and released on the Delmark label.
|The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings|||
In his review for AllMusic, Michael G. Nastos notes "In a dedication to the late bassist Fred Hopkins, Shepp returns to the recording studio armed with his no-compromise, no-nonsense way of playing the tenor saxophone. It's still as cutting-edge dour as ever, supported by the beautiful underpinnings of the trio ... To say Shepp is back would be shortsighted; he's always been around ... This is a resolute affirmation of his powers, punctuating that he's still a vital force in the new music, as are his backup constituents on this very fine CD, a perfect introduction for the uninitiated and a must-buy for longtime fans" On All About Jazz, Jack Bowers said "There are few pyrotechnics; much of the music is pensive and sedate, and most of it is melodic as well. While this isn’t the sort of disc I’d run out and buy, there are many who would, and to them I would unreservedly recommend it".
All compositions by Kahil El'Zabar except where noted
- "Conversation; the Introduction" – 8:11
- "Big Fred" – 8:20
- "Kari" – 8:30
- "Whenever I Think of You" (Ari Brown) – 9:27
- "Conversations; the Dialogue" – 10:11
- "Brother Malcolm" – 8:18
- "Revelations" – 7:42
- Archie Shepp – tenor saxophone, piano
- Kahil El'Zabar – drums
- Ari Brown – piano, tenor saxophone
- Malachi Favors – bass
- Delmark Records: album details, accessed January 21, 2019
- Jazzdisco: Archie Shepp catalog, accessed January 21, 2019
- Jazzlists: Delmark Records discography: 400/500 series, accessed January 21, 2019
- Nastos, Michael G.. Kahil El'Zabar / Ritual Trio / Archie Shepp – Conversations: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 445. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
- Bowers, J. All About Jazz Review, accessed January 21, 2019