The Third Decade

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Third Decade marked both the end of their relationship with the ECM label and the beginning of a more streamlined stretch of music making. The band would cut back on their once predominant, free-form explorations to make room for more bebop and crossover material, like "Funky AECO" and the Caribbean-tinged bop tune "Zero," straightforward genre pieces the band still undermine with playful "found sounds" bike horns, sirens, chimes, etc.. Along these more traditional lines, the lovely, '20s-style jazz ballad "Walking in the Moonlight" is also included. The group stretches out on more open-ended pieces like Joseph Jarmen's dirge-like opener ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Third Decade marked both the end of their relationship with the ECM label and the beginning of a more streamlined stretch of music making. The band would cut back on their once predominant, free-form explorations to make room for more bebop and crossover material, like "Funky AECO" and the Caribbean-tinged bop tune "Zero," straightforward genre pieces the band still undermine with playful "found sounds" bike horns, sirens, chimes, etc.. Along these more traditional lines, the lovely, '20s-style jazz ballad "Walking in the Moonlight" is also included. The group stretches out on more open-ended pieces like Joseph Jarmen's dirge-like opener "Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi" and Mitchell's magisterial number "The Bell Piece," but even here the group's traditionally frenetic playing is kept in check. This is not necessarily bad, considering the Art Ensemble's consistently top-notch and provocative solo work, straight-ahead or otherwise. The band does end the album, though, with the decidedly frenetic and free "Third Decade," as if to say they are equally adept at a variety of styles and so should not be restricted to only one. The point is well taken with this varied yet cogent set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2008
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • EAN: 4988005529077
  • Catalog Number: 9199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi - Malachi Favors Maghostus (9:47)
  2. 2 Funky Aeco - Malachi Favors Maghostus (7:39)
  3. 3 Walking in the Moonlight - Malachi Favors Maghostus (4:07)
  4. 4 The Bell Piece - Malachi Favors Maghostus (6:02)
  5. 5 Zero - Malachi Favors Maghostus (5:55)
  6. 6 Third Decade - Malachi Favors Maghostus (8:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Primary Artist
Lester Bowie Trumpet, Cymbals, Drums, Bass Drums, Flugelhorn, Multi Instruments
Joseph Jarman Synthesizer, Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Conga, Drums, Bass Drums, Gong, Horn, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Tom-Tom, Human Whistle, Multi Instruments, Whistle (Instrument), Bells, Sopranino, Siren, Conch Shell
Roscoe Mitchell Clarinet, Flute, Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Bass Drums, Glockenspiel, Gong, Horn, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Multi Instruments, Whistle (Instrument), Bells, Wood Block
Malachi Favors Multi Instruments, Percussion, Electric Bass, Cymbals, Melodica, Balafon, String Bass
Famoudou Don Moye Percussion, Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Horn, Human Whistle, Multi Instruments, Whistle (Instrument), Balafon, Djun-Djun, Timpani, Chekere, Djembe, Wood Block, Conch Shell, Bendir, Trap Kit, Donno
Roscoe Mitchell & the Sound Ensemble Clarinet, Flute, Bongos, Conga, Glockenspiel, Gong, Horn, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Human Whistle, Bells, Pandeiro, Wood Block
Technical Credits
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Composer
Lester Bowie Composer
Joseph Jarman Composer
Roscoe Mitchell Composer, Cover Art
Manfred Eicher Producer
Famoudou Don Moye Composer, Contributor
Martin Wieland Engineer
Martin Weiland Engineer
Roscoe Mitchell & the Sound Ensemble Cover Art
Malachi Favors Maghostus Composer, Contributor
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