Lovely Music Ltd
Release date
6 Feb 2007
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Roscoe Mitchell - O the sun comes up-up-up in the opening 9:55 853
2 Henry Threadgill - he didn't give up / he was taken 7:28 2,922
3 Roscoe Mitchell - Sound Pictures, No. 3 2:07 83
4 Roscoe Mitchell - Alternate Express 5:21 1,658
5 Roscoe Mitchell - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Canto 1: Verse 13 2:49 21
6 Roscoe Mitchell - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Canto 1: Verse 14 1:31 41
7 Roscoe Mitchell - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage Canto 1: Verse 15 2:40 17
8 Roscoe Mitchell - To Styles Holloway and Bubba Barnes 5:49 83
9 Roscoe Mitchell - Sound Pictures, No. 4 2:06 31
10 Roscoe Mitchell - Spirit Among Stones 8:40 31

About this album

Legendary avant-garde jazz saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell is best known for his role as a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. This group is recognized for incorporating, and none too subtly ridiculing, the long-bearded tradition of Western Art Music. Mitchell, nonetheless, has something to say that is within the tradition himself, apart from, but related to, his work in the field of jazz. Usually the sort of classical music piece produced by a “jazz cat” is formulated within certain limited parameters — either bluesy chords or jazzy rhythms are hung upon established classical music forms like pinning laundry to a clothesline, or a parody of some well-known classical melody is “jazzed up.” Roscoe Mitchell is not in the least bit interested in these now hackneyed hybrids, and the music that appears on the Roscoe Mitchell New Chamber Ensemble’s Lovely Music disc Pilgrimage is classical music, period. Nonetheless, most of it is improvised, which makes the results challenging and rather unusual. Roscoe Mitchell’s chamber ensemble consists of violinist Vartan Manoogian, pianist Joseph Kubera, baritone Thomas Buckner, and Mitchell himself on multiple reeds and percussion. The music ranges from Webern-like abstractions to sweet textures reminiscent of 19th century “harmoniemusik.” The hardest aspect of Pilgrimage to get used to is vocalist Buckner, and he is a central element.

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