Jazz giants Archie Shepp and Jason Moran have teamed up on an upcoming record Let My People Go, releasing a video for its first single “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.”
In the clip, Shepp and Moran interpret the traditional Black spiritual as a sparse, melancholic duet. Shepp opens with a shrill, anguished saxophone melody that pierces through Moran’s sombre piano accompaniment. Later on, Moran takes a lengthy solo that lends some brightness to the rendition, before Shepp rounds out the song with a gravelly vocal performance. “Sometimes I feel like a motherless child / A long way from home,” he croons over Moran’s delicate voicings.
The album will collate a series of the pair’s best duets from 2017 and 2018, and will include interpretations of standards such as “Isfahan,” “Lush Life” and “’Round Midnight.” Earlier this year, Shepp joined forces with Raw Poetic and Damu the Fudgemunk for their collaborative album Ocean Bridges, which they previewed with the track “Tulips.” On the other hand, Moran served as producer on Immanuel Wilkins’ debut album Omega, released in August.
Let My People Go is slated for release February 5, 2021. While you wait, listen to Shepp and Moran’s rendition of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” below: