Archie Shepp, Horace Parlan: Goin’ Home (1977) 1985

Goin' Home

Track list:

01. Goin’ Home
02. Nobody Knows The Troubles I’ve Seen
03. Go Down Moses
04. Steal Away To Jesus
05. Deep River
06. My Lord What A Morning
07. Amazing Grace
08. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
09. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
+ bonus track (*not on original LP)
10. Come Sunday [*]


Archie Shepp – tenor and soprano saxes
Horace Parlan – piano

#10: previously un-issued

Recorded: Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen; April 25, 1977
Released: 1977
Label: SteepleChase
SCCD 31079 [1985, CD]

Producer: Nils Winther
Recording Engineer: Freddy Hansson
Assistant Engineer: Flemming Rasmussen

Photography: Gorm Valentine (front), Nils Winther (back)
Design: per Grunnet

Goin’ Home is a studio album by American saxophonist Archie Shepp and pianist Horace Parlan.

After their respective work in the avant-garde jazz movement of the 1960s, Shepp and Parlan both faced career challenges as the jazz scene diverged stylistically.

They left the United States for Europe during the 1970s and met each other in Denmark before recording the album on April 25, 1977, at Sweet Silence Studio in Copenhagen.

A jazz and gospel album, Goin’ Home features Shepp and Parlan’s interpretations of African-American folk melodies and spirituals.

Its title is an allusion to Shepp’s return to his African cultural roots.

Shepp had never recorded spirituals before and was overcome with emotion during the album’s recording because of the historical and cultural context of the songs.

Although it surprised jazz listeners upon its release in 1977, Goin’ Home was praised by music critics for its reverent tone and stylistic deviation from Shepp’s previous free jazz works.

Shepp and Parlan were artistically satisfied with the album and subsequently recorded another album together, Trouble in Mind, in 1980.

Goin’ Home was re-issued on CD by SteepleChase Records in 1985.