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The Art Ensemble of Chicago is an ensemble closely identified with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the mid 1960s. The group continues to tour and record through 2006, despite the deaths of two of the founding members. The original lineup was founder Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman on reeds, Lester Bowie on trumpet, and Malachi Favors on bass. They worked with a succession of drummers recruited from Chicago and St. Louis, until Famadou Don Moye joined as the permanent drummer upon their return from their three year residency in Paris, 1969-1971.

The Art Ensemble embodied the AACM motto “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future” with their use of costumes and face paint in performance plus the adventurous improvisation, the use of folk music and instruments, swing, and a variety of musical expression that made them hard to pin down to a specific genre.
The listener is engaged by the Ensemble’s multi-instrumentalism, especially the use of what they term “little instruments” in addition to the traditional lineup; “little instruments” can include bicycle horns, bells, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and a vast array of percussion instruments (including found objects). These two characteristics combine to make the ensemble’s performances as much a visual spectacle as an aural one, with each musician playing from behind a large array of drums, bells and other instruments.


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  • toztizokzndz

    I would say Urban Bushmen.

    20 Jan 8:13pm Reply
  • knifeintheback

    v Thank you for that. I just yesterday - after years of knowing about them (thanks Madlib) - grabbed "A Jackson In Your House", "Message To Our Folks", and "People In Sorrow" on a whim. Any other recommendations aside from "Nice Guys"? I'm really open to hearing how "their best" stacks up with other general stuff.

    5 Jan 10:56pm Reply
  • MilesBachman

    Nice Guys is a great album to start and/or continue with, it has a great range that points to almost their whole output. after about 3 decades it is still my favorite album if i had to choose only one.

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mot00rzysta

    lol kto nie lubji

    12 Jun 2014 Reply
  • AniRockAniMetal

    Lubje jak murzyny dmą potężnie w swe rury i jeden robi trutututu a drugi raczej takie trrrrruuuu i pani śpiewa o joju i piekna to jest muzyka!

    28 May 2014 Reply
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  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist Jazz: Bebop, Cool, Swing, Vocal, Fusion, Modal, Stride, Dixieland, Third Stream, Big Band, Hard Bop

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • toztizokzndz

    maybe if you like urban bushmen or live in paris:

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    Sophie has some insane percussion and those horns, dude!

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • szmataarmata

    Art Ensemble Of Twoja Stara

    30 Jan 2013 Reply
  • zarqu

    What a discovery. I have been living in the dark.

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
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  • NeoclassicSoul

    Their Jazz is Jazzy!

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Sentenzia22

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    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • niehudy

    Wants YouStrawberry Mango

    28 Aug 2011 Reply
  • toztizokzndz

    @KA, Les Stances a Sophie and Urban Bushmen

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    What album(s) should I start with?

    20 Aug 2011 Reply
  • leidheiser6

    Your voice is like a lone fuck that's music to your brain♪

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • bloodmaw

    i love these guys

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • barryvs

    Theme De Yoyo is awfully good.

    3 Jul 2011 Reply
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