Tribute to Lester

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The death of the AEC's colorful lab-coated trumpeter Lester Bowie in 1999 was a huge blow to the veteran avant-garde band but not a fatal one, for the surviving members -- Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Moghostut, and Famoudou Don Moye -- decided to carry on as a trio. The CD also marks the group's return to the ECM shelf after 19 years elsewhere -- and in turn, the group receives probably the most stunning, precisely etched recorded sound of its existence. Yet despite the retrospective nature of some of the selections, there is no overt nostalgia or compromise in the AEC's aesthetic stance, probably figuring that Bowie would have wanted it that way. "Sangaredi" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The death of the AEC's colorful lab-coated trumpeter Lester Bowie in 1999 was a huge blow to the veteran avant-garde band but not a fatal one, for the surviving members -- Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Moghostut, and Famoudou Don Moye -- decided to carry on as a trio. The CD also marks the group's return to the ECM shelf after 19 years elsewhere -- and in turn, the group receives probably the most stunning, precisely etched recorded sound of its existence. Yet despite the retrospective nature of some of the selections, there is no overt nostalgia or compromise in the AEC's aesthetic stance, probably figuring that Bowie would have wanted it that way. "Sangaredi" leads off the disc with one of the AEC's more treasured percussion jams, a tribal ritual that picks up speed, with Mitchell's bass saxophone honking away, culminating in the grand clash of gongs. The trio merges Bowie's "Zero" with Mitchell's "Alternate Line" into a relatively straight-ahead walking-bass carpet for Mitchell's tenor to tread upon. "Tutankhamun" dates back to the AEC's early years in Paris, with Mitchell working his way toward a whirling North African-flavored solo on soprano against the free interplay of his colleagues. From this point on to the close, it's all collective improvisation, the threesome playing free and wild, yet with absolute empathy and telepathic precision. This stimulating homage to the AEC's beloved trumpeter was recorded in 2001 but not released until nearly two years later, by which time reedman Joseph Jarman had rejoined the band full-time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 044001706622
  • Catalog Number: 0170662
  • Sales rank: 196,368

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sangaredi - Roscoe Mitchell (7:42)
  2. 2 Suite for Lester - Roscoe Mitchell (5:22)
  3. 3 Zero/Alternate Line - Roscoe Mitchell (9:16)
  4. 4 Tutankhamun - Roscoe Mitchell (8:10)
  5. 5 As Clear as the Sun - Roscoe Mitchell (12:41)
  6. 6 He Speaks to Me Often in Dreams - Roscoe Mitchell (13:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Art Ensemble of Chicago Primary Artist
Roscoe Mitchell Flute, Alto Saxophone, Bass Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Human Whistle
Malachi Favors Gong, Human Whistle, Bells, Double Bass
Famoudou Don Moye Bongos, Chimes, Conga, Drums, Gong, Human Whistle, Bells
Technical Credits
Lester Bowie Composer
Roscoe Mitchell Composer, Liner Notes
Malachi Favors Composer, Liner Notes, Composer
Manfred Eicher Producer
James Farber Engineer
Famoudou Don Moye Composer, Liner Notes
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