CD The Third Decade (CD 1148209), Audio Other
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The Third Decade
The Art Ensemble of Chicago
1. Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi
2. Funky Aeco
3. Walking in the Moonlight
4. Bell Piece, The
6. Third Decade
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 823213-2
Martin Weiland; Martin Wieland
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Joseph Jarman (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, piccolo, E-flat and C flutes, B-flat and bass clarinets, whistle, bike horn, conch shell, synthesizer, congas, tom-toms, bass steel drum, gong, bells, siren); Roscoe E. Mitchell (soprano, alto, tenor & bass saxophones, piccolo, C flute, B-flat clarinet, whistle, bike horn, bongos, congas, steel drum, gong, wood block, chimes, glockenspiel, bells); Lester Bowie (trumpet, flugelhorn, bass drum, cymbals); Famoudou Don Moye (whistle, bike, long & elephant horns, conch shell, drums, bongos, congas, bass steel drum, tympani, djimbe, djun-djun, cymbals, gong, chimes, chekere, wood block, belafon); Malachi Favors Maghostut (melodica, acoustic & electric basses, bass steel drum, cymbals, belafon, percussion, cans).
Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany in June 1994. Includes liner notes by Joseph Jarman.
Personnel: Joseph Jarman (whistling, flute, piccolo, conch shell, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, horns, synthesizer, drums, bass drum, congas, tom tom, bells, gong, siren); Roscoe Mitchell & the Sound Ensemble (whistling, flute, piccolo, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, horns, glockenspiel, congas, bongos, pandeiro, wood block, bells, gong); Famoudou Don Moye (whistling, conch shell, horns, balafon, drums, congas, bongos, bendir, cymbals, djembe, timpani, wood block, percussion, chimes, donno); Roscoe Mitchell (flute, piccolo, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, horns, glockenspiel, bass drum, congas, bongos, wood block, bells, gong, chimes); Malachi Favors Maghostus (melodica, balafon, electric bass, cymbals, percussion); Lester Bowie (trumpet, flugelhorn, drums, bass drum, cymbals).
Recording information: Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany (06/1984).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Famoudou Don Moye; Malachi Favors Maghostus.
Like the Art Ensemble of Chicago's outstanding '70s work, THE THIRD DECADE features scintillating chemistry between trumpeter Lester Bowie, multi-faceted reedmen Joseph Jarman and Roscoe E. Mitchell, bassist Malachi Favors, and drummer Don Moye, while demonstrating the Ensemble's unique, texture- and space-conscious approach to free jazz. The music here is surprisingly tonal, without sacrificing any of the group's trademark improvisatory energy or rhythmic and dynamic flexibility.
Jarman's hymn-like opener, "Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi" (the first black officer to serve and die in the British military) creates an ever-opening structure through which variations on the dominant theme float like ghosts. Mitchell's "The Bell Piece" employs chimes, gongs and glockenspiels to create a swirling, discordant effect, and Moye's "Third Decade," an all-percussion piece, references the African roots of the group's music. The Ensemble likes to play with and expand the notion of genre, too, as in the slightly warped ballroom swing of "Walking In the Moonlight," and Bowie's "Zero," which wraps a traditional head-solo-head structure around more free-form instrumental approaches. Overall, THE THIRD DECADE is another example of the longevity and innovative strength of this seminal collective.
The Wire (8/00, p.42) - "...Apparently [they] were in a nostalgic state of mind....with some funk, swing, a dark excavation of subterranean sonorities, and a familiar pungent drum and horn escapade....illustrating their compositional and improvisational abilities..."
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