ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO “PEOPLE IN SORROW”
This still startling music, which uses space, dynamics, and a wide range of emotions expertly, is as rigorous for the listener as it is evocative of its title. In spite of the challenges the group puts forth, the second track concludes with a sustained horn note that underpins the musics elegiac tension, rewarding the curious ear with an elevating epiphany that manifests defiance, perseverance, and hope in the spirit. Recorded in Boulogne on July 7th 1969, and released by Nessa Records out of Madison, Wisconsin, this record is otherwise out of print and unavailable as far as I can tell.
“In 1969, the Art Ensemble of Chicago (which had recorded just one official record, “Congliptious,” by that point in time), moved to Paris for two years and recorded eight albums during their first year overseas alone. This LP sees the innovative quartet as trumpeter Lester Bowie, bassist Malachi Favors, and both Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman on multiple reeds, all performing the 40-minute group original “People in Sorrow.”
1. People in Sorrow (Part 1) (17′14)
2. People in Sorrow (Part 2) (23′10)
AMM III: IT HAD BEEN AN ORDINARY ENOUGH DAY IN PUEBLO, COLORADO
For folks familiar with AMM, this one really doesn’t need much by way of introduction. However, as an entry point, it serves up (relatively) short digestible tracks that illustrate the organic genius of AMM. By the time they recorded this album, this was AMM’s third incarnation. By no means the groups most decisive or challenging work, the songs clearly demonstrate the various shades of free improv mastery that give the group it’s perrenial status as one of the finest examples within the genre.
“AMM have never been well-known to the general public, but have been, in their own way, hugely influential on several generations of adventurous musicians. AMM have been called “legendary” and “groundbreaking,” and are notable as perhaps the first musical group deliberately to try to make music not related to any establised musical genre.”
Recorded in December 1979 at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg for ECM/Japo. The vinyl version here is the same content as the CD version currently available on ECM.
1. Radio activity (18′20)
2. Convergence (5′15)
3. Kline (8′26)
4. Spittlefields’ slide (6′50)
5. For A (8′27)
:ZOVIET*FRANCE “SHOUTING AT THE GROUND”