Sirius Calling

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
After trumpeter Lester Bowie's death in 1999, it looked as if the Art Ensemble of Chicago was finished. With multi-reedist Joseph Jarman having left the group in the early 1990s, the unit was down to a trio consisting of multi-reedist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Malachi Favors and drummer Don Moye. However Jarman soon rejoined the Art Ensemble and the group continued to work. Favors' death in early 2004 was a major blow, but the band, with different bassists, has not died. Sirius Calling is Favors' last recording and it features the quartet on 14 originals. The music is as adventurous as ever, ranging from Mitchell's circular breathing feature on the title cut and a few ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
After trumpeter Lester Bowie's death in 1999, it looked as if the Art Ensemble of Chicago was finished. With multi-reedist Joseph Jarman having left the group in the early 1990s, the unit was down to a trio consisting of multi-reedist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Malachi Favors and drummer Don Moye. However Jarman soon rejoined the Art Ensemble and the group continued to work. Favors' death in early 2004 was a major blow, but the band, with different bassists, has not died. Sirius Calling is Favors' last recording and it features the quartet on 14 originals. The music is as adventurous as ever, ranging from Mitchell's circular breathing feature on the title cut and a few whimsical moments to group improvising. One misses Bowie's sense of humor and sound, and a few of the percussion pieces particularly "Taiko" seem aimless and meandering, but the interplay between the four musicians, the mood variation which ranges from jubilant to introspective sound explorations and the wide range of tonal colors Mitchell and Jarman play many different instruments usually keep the concise music continually intriguing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/2004
  • Label: Pi Recordings
  • UPC: 808713001129
  • Catalog Number: 11
  • Sales rank: 18,958

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sirius Calling (3:27)
  2. 2 Come on Y'all (4:10)
  3. 3 Two-Twenty (2:23)
  4. 4 He Took a Cab to Neptune (6:24)
  5. 5 Everyday's a Perfect Day (2:48)
  6. 6 Til Autumn (6:07)
  7. 7 Dance of Circles (5:39)
  8. 8 Cruising With JJ (4:33)
  9. 9 You Can't Get Away (3:48)
  10. 10 Taiko (8:48)
  11. 11 There's a Message for You (4:21)
  12. 12 Slow Tenor and Bass (5:22)
  13. 13 Voyage (3:32)
  14. 14 The Council (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Primary Artist
Joseph Jarman Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Reeds, Bass Flute, Gong, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Wood Flute, Bells, Vibes, Soprano Clarinet, E Flat Flute
Roscoe Mitchell Bass, Flute, Percussion, Reeds, Piccolo, Recorder, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Bass Recorder, Sax (Sopranino)
Famoudou Don Moye Percussion, Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Drums, Gong, Human Whistle, Bells
Malachi Favors Maghostus Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Joseph Jarman Composer, Liner Notes, Whistle
Roscoe Mitchell Composer, Liner Notes
Malachi Favors Composer
Famoudou Don Moye Liner Notes, Whistle
Tom Blain Mastering
Seth Rosner Executive Producer
Steve Gotcher Engineer
Buzz Kemper Engineer
Don Moye Composer
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