Rarum, Vol. 6: Selected Recordings

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Alone among the first eight albums of the ECM Rarum series, the Art Ensemble of Chicago edition is a group effort, with surviving members Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye offering only a brief greeting in the booklet. There were only four Art Ensemble of Chicago albums over only a half-dozen years 1978-1984, so listeners get two tracks from the initial offering, "Nice Guys" and "Full Force," and one apiece from Urban Bushmen and The Third Decade. The nearly 20-minutes-long "Megg Zelma" and 11-minute "Folkus" have an abundance of the free abstract playing, Dada theater, percussion circuses, sound effects, and freaky humor that might be part of a live Art ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Alone among the first eight albums of the ECM Rarum series, the Art Ensemble of Chicago edition is a group effort, with surviving members Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye offering only a brief greeting in the booklet. There were only four Art Ensemble of Chicago albums over only a half-dozen years 1978-1984, so listeners get two tracks from the initial offering, "Nice Guys" and "Full Force," and one apiece from Urban Bushmen and The Third Decade. The nearly 20-minutes-long "Megg Zelma" and 11-minute "Folkus" have an abundance of the free abstract playing, Dada theater, percussion circuses, sound effects, and freaky humor that might be part of a live Art Ensemble of Chicago concert -- recorded with breathtaking clarity and sounding sharper than ever in the 96khz/24-bit digital remastering. Yet there is also a sample of the more ethereal side of the Art Ensemble of Chicago in "Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi," with flutes, trumpet, and soprano sax repeating a haunting modal tune in triple meter. To fill out the CD, ECM includes a fine 1981 Latin-flavored Lester Bowie solo track, "Rios Negroes" the Bowie ECM solo discography is actually the same size as that of the Art Ensemble's and reaches all the way to 1997 for a chaotic Roscoe Mitchell free-form solo session, "Nine to Get Ready." Despite the cool, genteel ECM image, the Art Ensemble of Chicago's renegade madness comes through in this reissue in full force -- with great sound to match -- so it can be recommended as an introduction to their freewheeling soundworld.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 044001419621
  • Catalog Number: 014196
  • Sales rank: 195,611

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Charlie M - Malachi Favors Maghostus (9:17)
  2. 2 Magg Zelma - Malachi Favors Maghostus (19:50)
  3. 3 Rios Negroes - Fred Williams (7:15)
  4. 4 Folkus - Malachi Favors Maghostus (10:59)
  5. 5 Nine to Get Ready - Hugh Rabin (3:52)
  6. 6 Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi - Malachi Favors Maghostus (9:47)
  7. 7 Odwalla/Theme - Malachi Favors Maghostus (5:14)
  8. 8 Nice Guys - Malachi Favors Maghostus (1:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Primary Artist
John Abercrombie Guitar, Mandolin, Mando-Guitar
Hamiet Bluiett Baritone Saxophone
Lester Bowie Trumpet, Celeste, Cymbals, Bass Drums, Flugelhorn, Horn, Vocals
Jack DeJohnette Piano, Drums
Eddie Gomez Double Bass
Joseph Jarman Synthesizer, Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Conga, Bass Drums, Alto Flute, Gong, Horn, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tom-Tom, Vocals, Human Whistle, Bells, Vibes, Siren, Conch Shell, E Flat Flute
George Lewis Trombone
Roscoe Mitchell Clarinet, Flute, Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Glockenspiel, Gong, Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Human Whistle, Bells, Wood Block, Bamboo Flute, Pans
Bob Stewart Tuba
Malachi Thompson Trumpet
Kenny Wheeler Trumpet
Bobby Naughton Marimbas, Bells, Vibes
Bruce Purse Trumpet
Matthew Shipp Piano
David Peaston Vocals
Dwight Andrews Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Triangle
William Parker Bass, Double Bass
Hugh Ragin Trumpet
Fontella Bass Vocals
Ari Brown Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Stanton Davis Jr. Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Charlie Haden Double Bass
Frank Lacy Trombone
Art Matthews Piano
Famoudou Don Moye Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Bass Drums, Gong, Horn, Marimbas, Vocals, Human Whistle, Balafon, Djun-Djun, Timpani, Chekere, Djembe, cowbell, Wood Block, Sun Percussion, Conch Shell, Bendir, Donno
Jaribu Shahid Bass, Vocals, Double Bass
Rasul Siddik Trumpet
Tani Tabbal Drums, Vocals, Djembe
Steve Turre Trombone
Craig Taborn Piano
Malachi Favors Maghostus Percussion, Electric Bass, Vocals, Melodica, Double Bass
Phillip Wilson Drums
Gerald Cleaver Drums
Leo Smith Percussion, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Gong
Fred Williams Bass, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Dwight Andrews Contributor
Manfred Eicher Producer
James Farber Engineer
Martin Wieland Engineer
Leo Smith Contributor
David Baker Engineer
Don Moye Composer
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