This fine twofer brings together a pair of albums by tenor and soprano saxophonist Archie Shepp--YASMINA, A BLACK WOMAN and POEM FOR MALCOLM, both from 1969. The dates find Shepp with plenty of the progressive conception and fiery playing that characterize his best avant-garde work. More notably, YASMINA marks Shepp's first meeting with members of the Chicago avant jazz scene, namely Lester Bowie and Roscoe Mitchell from the Art Ensemble of Chicago. There are several other guests here, including Philly Joe Jones and Hank Mobley, that make this exploratory set interesting. Jo Jones and Mobley appear on POEM as well, which offers up more of the leader's fierce, hectic out jazz.