Selected Recordings (Rarum VI)

Selected Recordings (Rarum VI)

by The Art Ensemble of Chicago
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
Label:
Ecm Import
UPC:
0044001419621
catalogNumber:
014196

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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   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   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

Manfred Eicher   Producer
James Farber   Engineer
Martin Wieland   Engineer
David Baker   Engineer
Don Moye   Composer

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