Sirius Calling

Sirius Calling

by The Art Ensemble of Chicago


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/21/2004
Label: Pi Recordings
UPC: 0808713001129
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 144400

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

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
Seth Rosner   Executive Producer
Steve Gotcher   Engineer
Buzz Kemper   Engineer
Don Moye   Composer

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