Soul Opened Eyes Closed - Archie Shepp by Charles Ezra Ferrell

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Archie Shepp is one of the world’s greatest saxophonists and a leading interpreter of the blues in African Arts Music. Influenced by Clark Terry and John Coltrane, Archie emerged, along with John, Pharoah Sanders and Ornette Colemen, as one the strongest and most articulate musical voices in the avante-gard movement during the mid 1960s. Archie is a multi-dimensional man of culture: a saxophonist, pianist, singer, playwtright, poet, and professor of history of revolutionary music. He has been one the champions of African-American culture.

The revolutionary impact is evidenced in ATTICA BLUES. I continue to be deeply impacted by his music is a spiritual inspiration to the creation of my art.

This detailed pencil portrait is 18×24 on off-white achival paper. Sold. On Permanent Exhibition: Arturo’s Jazz Theater, Southfield, MI. It is one of my best works to date.


  • Jean M. Laffitau
    Jean M. Laffitauover 6 years ago

    WOW!! Fabulous!

  • cliffwarner
    cliffwarnerover 6 years ago

    excellent work

  • kathrynmp
    kathrynmpover 6 years ago

    Wonderful! All of your work is just great!

  • Tara Johnson
    Tara Johnsonover 6 years ago

    Looks like he loves the music. Very well done!

    KEITH R. WILL...over 6 years ago

    great work

  • JKKimball
    JKKimballalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful portrait of Archie!
    This and any of your Jazz art would be welcomed into the Jazzed Up Art Group

    Fantastic work Charles! John.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago


  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 5 years ago

    This IS Archie Shepp! Brilliant.

  • DonLeeJKD
    DonLeeJKDalmost 5 years ago

    nice line and technique! :)

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