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The Art Ensemble of Chicago
1. Sirius Calling
2. Come on Y'all
4. He Took a Cab to Neptune
5. Everyday's a Perfect Day
6. Til Autumn
7. Dance of Circles
8. Cruising with JJ
9. You Can't Get Away
11. There's a Message for You
12. Slow Tenor and Bass
14. Council, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11
Art Ensemble Of Chicago; Art Ensemble Of Chicago
Buzz Kemper; Steve Gotcher
Personnel: Famoudou Don Moye (whistling, whistle, drums, congas, bongos, percussion, bells, gong, chimes); Joseph Jarman (flute, bass flute, wooden flute, whistle, clarinet, sopranino clarinet, reeds, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, vibraphone, drum, percussion, bells, gong); Roscoe Mitchell (flute, piccolo, recorder, bass recorder, reeds, sopranino saxophone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, percussion); Malachi Favors Maghostus (bass guitar, percussion).
Audio Mixers: Buzz Kemper; Steve Gotcher.
Liner Note Authors: Roscoe Mitchell; Joseph Jarman; Famoudou Don Moye.
Recording information: Audio for the Arts, Madison, WI (04/04/2003-04/06/2003).
Editors: Buzz Kemper; Steve Gotcher.
Photographers: Dominik Huber; Joseph Blough.
Legendary free-jazz group Art Ensemble of Chicago was dealt a major blow when trumpeter Lester Bowie died in 1999, but the soldiered on without him surprisingly well. However, further tragedy befell the Ensemble when founding bassist Malachi Favors passed away in January of 2004, shortly after the completion of SIRIUS CALLING. In the booklet, the surviving members note the after-life significance of Sirius in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, and, in retrospect, there is a bit of an elegiac feel to much of the album.
As ever, the group skillfully avoids the tropes of so much free jazz by favoring space and contemplation over chaos and dischord. The contemplative feel summoned by multi-reed players Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell is perfectly complemented by the flowing, organic rhythms of drummer Don Moye and the late Favors. The penultimate track, the wistful "Voyage," is potentially suggestive of a journey beyond the mortal coil, but the percussion-heavy closing tune, "The Council," indicates the undercurrents of life that continue through every soul's passing.
The Wire (p.53) - "The lightness of touch is evident throughout SIRIUS CALLING....Their interplay and improvising sound remarkably fresh. There are intense moments..."
JazzTimes (pp.102-103) - "Moye's finely shaded use of cymbals evokes light, and his subtle shifting of the beat, lightness. Indeed, the AEC's group sound is luminous."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Each track is built on the same organic, semi-improvised bedrock provided by Favor's instinctive bass playing and a restrained, in places sotto voce, percussive propulsion from Don Moye."
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