Archie Shepp, Jason Moran release “Isfahan”

The duo take on the composition by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington.

Archie Shepp and Jason Moran have unveiled a poignant rendition of “Isfahan,” the composition by Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington originally released on the latter’s 1967 album, The Far East Suite.

It’s the second preview of their upcoming joint album Let My People Go, following “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” The record, out February 5, will also include other standards such as “Lush Life” and “’Round Midnight.”

Shepp and Moran first met at Belgium’s annual JazzMiddelheim Festival in 2015, the encounter transforming into a creative partnership that they fleshed out live several times, whether as a duo onstage together or as co-headliners. Let My People Go will be their first recording together.


For Shepp, the album will follow Ocean Bridges, his 2020 full-length with Damu the Fudgemunk and Raw Poetic. Just last week, Moran released The Sound Will Tell You, his third solo piano recording made from January 4 to 6.

“Isfahan” arrived with a video of both Shepp and Moran performing the composition. See it below:

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