2 LPs on 1 CD: A JACKSON IN YOUR HOUSE/MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS.
Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Roscoe Mitchell (soprano, alto & baritone saxophones, flute, clarinet, drums, percussion); Joseph Jarman (soprano & alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, vibraphone, marimba, guitar, congas); Lester Bowie (trumpet, flugelhorn, horns); Malachi Favors (banjo, bass, percussion).
Producers: Jean-Luc Young, Jean Georgakarakos.
Compilation producer: Matt Robin.
Recorded at Davout Studios, Paris, France between June 23 and August 12, 1969. Originally released on BYG Records. Includes liner notes by Albert Koch.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Liner Note Author: John Masouri.
Recording information: Studio Saravah, Paris (06/23/1969/08/12/1969).
Two complete LPs by the Art Ensemble of Chicago are reissued in full on this single CD. Recorded in Paris originally for the BYG label, these intriguing and diverse performances feature the Art Ensemble when they were a quartet (before drummer Don Moye joined). Trumpeter Lester Bowie, saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman, and bassist Malachi Favors all are heard playing many other instruments; for example, Jarman plays soprano, alto, clarinet, oboe, flute, marimba, vibes, congas, bells, whistles, gongs, siren, and guitar. The wide-ranging music mostly succeeds at looking both backwards (in eccentric ways) and toward the future. Of particular interest are "Old Time Religion," some credible bebop on "Dexterity," the funky "Rock Out," a demented "The Waltz," and the lengthy jams on "Song for Charles" and "A Brain for the Seine." Fascinating and always-colorful music that certainly breaks down a lot of musical barriers. ~ Scott Yanow