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The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles


The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles is a 21-CD limited and numbered edition issued as the standard-bearers of Great Black Music prepare to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Both the Art Ensemble of Chicago and ECM Records were founded in 1969, and there have been many shared experiences. As Roscoe Mitchell says, "It has been amazing to have taken this journey together."

With their first ECM album, the widely-acclaimed Nice Guys, the Art Ensemble's revolutionary and polystylistic "ancient to the future" mix of musics - from the deeply spiritual to the fiercely experimental - was illuminated in new detail in Manfred Eicher's panoramic production, and the stage set for many adventures to follow. These included the albums Full Force, Urban Bushmen, and The Third Decade with the classic AEC quintet line up of Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Famoudou Don Moye. All of Bowie's and Mitchell's subsequent ECM recordings are also gathered together here. Charismatic trumpeter Lester Bowie is heard here with his Brass Fantasy group, with Wadada Leo Smith and with Jack DeJohnette.

Multi-reed master and primary AEC conceptualist Roscoe Mitchell appears with his Note Factory band, with the Transatlantic Art Ensemble co-founded with Evan Parker, and with an historic trios project recorded at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Along the way, numerous distinguished creative musicians make appearances the long list includes Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp, Tyshawn Sorey, Fontella Bass, Charlie Haden, Kenny Wheeler, Corey Wilkes, Gerald Cleaver, Phillip Wilson, George Lewis, William Parker, John Abercrombie, Eddie Gomez, and many others, in ECM recordings made between 1978 and 2015.

This beautifully-designed box set incorporates a 300-page book reprising all original album covers, liner notes and poetry (by Joseph Jarman), as well as quotes from Art Ensemble members and the press, new texts by Craig Taborn, Vijay Iyer and George Lewis, a preface by Manfred Eicher, and an introduction by Steve Lake. Plus: many photographs (some previously unpublished), archival documents, and more.

Artists include: Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Jack DeJohnette


  1. Name
  2. Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Nice Guys - Ja
  3. Nice Guys
  4. Folkus
  5. 5 9 7 - 5 9
  6. Cyp
  7. Dreaming Of The Master
  8. Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Full Force - Magg Zelma
  9. Care Free
  10. Charlie M
  11. Old Time Southside Street Dance
  12. Full Force
  13. Art Ensemble Of Chicacgo: Urban Bushmen - Promenade: Cote Bamako I
  14. Bush Magic
  15. Urban Magic: March / Warm Night Blues Stroll / Down The Walkway / Rm Express
  16. Sun Precondition Two / Theme For Sco: Soweto Messenger / Bushman Triumphant / Entering The City / Announcement Of Victory
  17. Art Ensemble Of Chicacgo: Urban Bushmen (Cd2) - New York Is Full Of Lonely People
  18. Ancestral Meditation
  19. Uncle
  20. Peter And Judith
  21. Promenade: Cote Bamako II
  22. Odwalla/Theme
  23. Art Ensemble Of Chicacgo: The Third Decade - Prayer For Jimbo Kwesi
  24. Funky Aeco
  25. Walking In The Moonlight
  26. The Bell Piece
  27. Zero
  28. Third Decade
  29. Leo Smith: Divine Love - Divine Love
  30. Tastalun (Dedicated To Lester Bowie)
  31. Spirituals: The Language Of Love
  32. Lester Bowie: The Great Pretender - The Great Pretender
  33. It's Howdy Doody Time
  34. When The Doom (Moon) Comes Over The Mountain: A) Doom? B) When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain
  35. Rios Negros
  36. Rose Drop
  37. Oh, How The Ghost Sings
  38. Lester Bowie: All The Magic! - For Louie
  39. Spacehead
  40. Ghosts
  41. All The Magic!/Everything Must Change/T. Jam Blues
  42. Let The Good Times Roll
  43. Lester Bowie: All The Magic! (Cd2) - Organic Echo
  44. Dunce Dance
  45. Charlie M. (Part II)
  46. Thirsty?
  47. Almost Christmas
  48. Down Home
  49. Okra Influence
  50. Miles Davis Meets Donald Duck
  51. Deb Deb's Face
  52. Monkey Waltz
  53. Fradulent Fanfare
  54. Organic Echo (Part II)
  55. Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy: I Only Have Eyes For You - I Only Have Eyes For You
  56. Think
  57. Lament
  58. Coming Back, Jamaica
  59. Nonet
  60. When The Spirit Returns
  61. Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy: Avant Pop - The Emperor
  62. Saving All My Love For You
  63. B Funk
  64. Blueberry Hill
  65. Crazy
  66. MacHo (Dedicated To Machito)
  67. No Shit
  68. Oh, What A Night
  69. Art Ensemble Of Chicago: Tribute To Lester - Sangaredi
  70. Suite For Lester
  71. Zero / Alternate Line
  72. Tutankhamun
  73. As Clear As The Sun
  74. He Speaks To Me Often In Dreams
  75. Roscoe Mitchell: Nine To Get Ready - Leola
  76. Dream And Response
  77. For Lester B
  78. Jamaican Farewell
  79. Hop Hip Bip Bir Rip
  80. Nine To Get Ready
  81. Bessie Harris
  82. Fallen Heroes
  83. Move Toward The Light
  84. Big Red Peaches
  85. Roscoe Mitchell, The Transatlantic Art Ensemble: Composition / Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 - I
  86. II
  87. III
  88. Iv
  89. V
  90. Vi
  91. Vii
  92. Viii
  93. Ix
  94. Evan Parker, The Transatlantic Art Ensemble: Boustrophedon - Overture
  95. Furrow 1
  96. Furrow 2
  97. Furrow 3
  98. Furrow 4
  99. Furrow 5
  100. Furrow 6
  101. Finale
  102. Roscoe Mitchell, The Note Factory: Far Side - Far Side / Cards / Far Side
  103. Quintet 2007 A For Eight
  104. Trio Four For Eight
  105. Ex Flover Five
  106. Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side - Spatial Aspects Of The Sound
  107. Panoply
  108. Prelude To A Rose
  109. Dancing In The Canyon
  110. Ep 7849
  111. Bells For The South Side
  112. Roscoe Mitchell: Bells For The South Side (Cd2) - Prelude To The Card Game, Cards For Drums, And The Final Hand
  113. The Last Chord
  114. Six Gongs And Two Woodblocks
  115. R509a Twenty B
  116. Red Moon In The Sky / Odwalla
  117. Jack Dejohnette, New Directions: New Directions - Bayou Fever
  118. Where Or Wayne
  119. Dream Stalker
  120. One Handed Woman
  121. Silver Hollow
  122. Jack Dejohnette, New Directions: In Europe - Salsa For Eddie G.
  123. Where Or Wayne
  124. Bayou Fever
  125. Multo Spiliagio
  126. Jack Dejohnette, Muhal Richard Abrams, Larry Gray, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill: Made In Chicago - Chant
  127. Jack 5
  128. This
  129. Museum Of Time
  130. Leave Don't Go Away
  131. Announcement
  132. Ten Minutes
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