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One of the most original-sounding bands in jazz, The Art Ensemble of Chicago mixed the style with earlier African folk and ran it through the prism of an avant-garde mindset, tribal drumming, and guerilla theater. The music on this 1979 album ebbs and flows from piece to piece, whether it’s deconstructing bebop or vamping on reggae. The longer works are particularly revelatory, with the mystical “Folkus” and powerful “597-59” highlights of the band’s studio output.

Biography

Formed: 1966 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Originally comprised of saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman, trumpeter Lester Bowie, bassist Malachi Favors, and later, drummer Famoudou Don Moye, the Art Ensemble of Chicago enjoyed a critical reputation as the finest and most influential avant-garde jazz ensemble of the 1970s and '80s. Whether or not that reputation was wholly deserved is, in retrospect, subject to debate -- the World Saxophone Quartet and the Cecil Taylor Unit may well have been more influential. Nevertheless, the Art...
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Nice Guys, The Art Ensemble of Chicago
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: 1979

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