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An Expression Penultimate Superlative Genius in Sound

This is a must have for any free jazz, hard bop jazz or jam band, percussion psychedlica, tribal groove. Every song takes you someplace magical and sonicaly irresistable! This is My Desert Island must have!!! I can't say enough about this album!!!! You will not be disappointed or ever the same again! Groove On People of the Sun!!!

Get it in yer soul

Marvellous, sensitive, wayward -- the Art Ensemble of Chicago's recordings are excursions into The Dreamtime of African-American memory transmuted into sound. This record features the phenomenal pianist-composer Muhal Richard Abrams sitting in all the tracks. The Art Ensemble's signature ability to combine the far-flung tangents of free jazz with unexpected humor and pathos is in evidence throughout this record. Moments of beauty juxtaposed with chaos or breathlike meditations grace this album and the AEC are paradoxically both sharp and elastic throughout this genre-bending record. If you're not familiar with the AEC, "Fanfare for the Warrors" makes for a great jumping off point. If you've heard AEC before and were pleasantly intrigued, you'll find this recording richly showcases the gamut of this exceptional group's vitality.

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,...
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