Fresh off the release of their new collaborative album, Ocean Bridges (just out last Friday on Redefinition Records), an album which “presents a unique blend of hip-hop and jazz that transcends easy categorization” (Jazziz), Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu The Fudgemunk are pleased to release the Stephen Knox-directed visual for their standout album track “Tulips”. Staring Raw Poetic and Damu The Fudgemunk, the video weaves together footage shot during the album’s studio sessions with Shepp.
“Our uncle Archie is kind of like a legend in our own family,” says Knox, who, along with Jason Moore (aka Raw Poetic), is a nephew of Shepp. “‘Tulips’ was intended to be sort of a continuation of [the video for lead single] ‘Learning to Breathe’. The overall message is that once you’ve liberated yourself and learned to breathe freely, you can finally begin to grow as an individual and reach new heights. The good thing is that we can grow even faster with a little help from our friends.”
Watch Video for “Tulips” by Archie Shepp, Raw Poetic, and Damu The Fudgemunk –
Entirely improvised, Ocean Bridges was intentionally created without any direction, resulting in a finished product with natural energy, a conversation of ideas that transcend genre. Initially conceived after Moore attended an event with his mother at the Kennedy Center honoring his uncle – legendary saxophonist, Archie Shepp – Ocean Bridges intends to signify a bridging-of-the-gap in their family’s story and a re-establishing of the connection between young and old in their general community.
Blending live improvised music, jazz, hip-hop, and many other musical directions into a one-of-a-kind sound, Ocean Bridges was recorded with a live ensemble – Archie Shepp (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, wurlitzer), Raw Poetic (vocals, raps, lyrics), Earl “Damu the Fudgemunk” Davis (drums, vibraphone, vocals, turntable scratching), Pat Fritz (guitar), Aaron Gause (wurlitzer, synthesizer), Luke Stewart (acoustic bass, electric bass), Jamal Moore (tenor sax, clarinet, bongos, percussion), and Bashi Rose (drums, percussion) – in August 2019 between Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. The album fuses different musical concepts to adapt in a hip-hop format, with all of the instrumentation accompanied by vocals.