Urban Bushmen

Urban Bushmen

by The Art Ensemble of Chicago
     
 

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Pandemonium may be one of the Art Ensemble's strong suits, but precision is key to the quintet's kaleidoscopic music. This 1982 live date, an apex of the jazz avant-garde, shows how the band's keen sense of interaction could result in magnificence. Puckish and provocative, trumpeter Lester Bowie, reeds players See more details below

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Pandemonium may be one of the Art Ensemble's strong suits, but precision is key to the quintet's kaleidoscopic music. This 1982 live date, an apex of the jazz avant-garde, shows how the band's keen sense of interaction could result in magnificence. Puckish and provocative, trumpeter Lester Bowie, reeds players Roscoe Mitchell, and Joseph Jarman, bassist Malachi Favors, and drummer Famoudou Don Moye had a near telepathic rapport at this point; moving from calm tinklings to roiling clamor, they found music in everything they touched. "Theme for Sco" adds buzzers, circus whistles, and bullhorns to the array of traditional instruments. "Ancestral Meditation" is a colorful drone played at a whisper. The link between the two pieces defines the disc. After 15 years of giving the hot foot to jazz orthodoxy, these rampant experimentalists prove themselves capable of integrating every sound imaginable. URBAN BUSHMEN is a model of coherence and dynamics, abstract motion at its most enjoyable.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Recorded at a 1980 concert in Munich, Urban Bushmen not only provides an excellent summation of the Art Ensemble of Chicago's work since 1966, but also substantiates the group's reputation for putting on intense and inspired shows. The album centers around three extended pieces: reed player Joseph Jarmen's "Theme for SCO," the group's "Urban Magic," and reed player Roscoe Mitchell's "Uncle." Over the course of these multi-part "suites," the group effectively blurs the lines between jazz and free jazz, deftly working through New Orleans' marches, turbulent hard bop, highlife
eggae rhythms, and minimalist sound sculptures; while Jarmen, Mitchell, and trumpeter Lester Bowie come up with consistently varied and surprising solo/tandem contributions, drummer Don Moye and bassist Malachi Favors expand the sound with an array of percussion effects and humorous interjections (sirens, car horns, megaphone rants). Moye and Favors are also featured on the percussion vehicles "Promenade: Cote Bamako I & II," "Bush Magic," and "Sun Preconditions II." The set is balanced out by melancholic and sweet ballads by Bowie and Mitchell ("New York Is Full of Lonely People" and "Peter and Judith," respectively). This is one of the Art Ensemble's best recordings, but due to its intense breadth it might not be an ideal first purchase for newcomers. The best entry point into the group's catalog would be a studio record like Nice Guys (1978) or Third Decade (1984).

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Ecm Records
UPC:
0042282939425
catalogNumber:
829394
Rank:
78600

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Performance Credits

Art Ensemble of Chicago   Primary Artist
Lester Bowie   Bass,Trumpet,Drums,Bass Drums,Horn,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Joseph Jarman   Alto,Clarinet,Flute,Soprano,Bassoon,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Alto Clarinet,Multi Instruments,Sopranino
Roscoe Mitchell   Alto,Clarinet,Flute,Soprano,Bongos,Conga,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Multi Instruments,Bamboo Flute
Malachi Favors   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Melodica
Famoudou Don Moye   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Horn,Human Whistle,Multi Instruments,Djun-Djun,Timpani,Snare Drums,Chekere,Djembe,Sun Percussion,Bendir,Donno

Technical Credits

Lester Bowie   Composer
Joseph Jarman   Composer,Liner Notes
Roscoe Mitchell   Composer
Malachi Favors   Composer
Manfred Eicher   Producer
Famoudou Don Moye   Composer
Martin Wieland   Engineer
Tonstudio Bauer   Engineer
Emilio Cruz   Cover Art,Cover Painting

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