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Full Force

An album by Art Ensemble Of Chicago

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One of the best Jazz albums of the 80's

  • Sep 19, 1999
I saw them life in Reykjavik in the early 80's and I knew nothing about them then and the show was a great experience, this was different to say the least, the guys were all dressed in African costumes with painted faces (except the late Lester Bowie who looked like a Doctor dressed in a white ) and the stage was full of interesting instruments, it was grand Fun.

Full Force is in my opinion the best album from the group (Urban Bushmen is also great (both published by the excellent German label ECM) the playing is full of passion and the compositions are highly interesting, original and just pure fun.

One of the things that I really like about them is  that apart from the traditional Jazz instruments like Drumset, Bass, Saxophones and Trompet, is the fact that they also play all kinds of hand-drums, percussion instuments like Shakers and Rattles and Maracas and Claves, bells and whistles and also tuned Percussive instruments like Vibraphone, Marimbas, Glockenspiel and Celesta and with all of this they create  music that appeals to the Emotion, Intellect and the Funny bone. (another great guy who does that is of course Frank Zappa).

Highly recommended.

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I have a BA in Philosophy but my main interest is Music. I play the piano andI have also learned a little to play the Guitar, Violin, Drum Set and the Djembe.   The Music I love the most is … more
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The full quintet had been together for a decade when it made this 1980 recording in a New York studio. The major work is Malachi Favors Maghostus's "Magg Zelma," nearly 20 minutes in length. It begins as a percussive soundscape with the most delicate sounds of resonating scraped metal, then moves through a shifting sequence of textures: a profound tenor lament byJoseph Jarman, a heated trumpet solo byLester Bowieagainst an expanding rhythmic backdrop, and an unusual bassoon solo byRoscoe Mitchell. In contrast, Mitchell's "Care Free" is a buoyant, almost dancelike melody that lasts a mere 46 seconds. On his "Charlie M," Bowie demonstrates his thoughtful mastery of the vocal effects of early jazz trumpeters like Bubber Miley andRex Stewart. An excellent document of the Ensemble's most focused work in this period, this CD is superbly recorded, every nuance of this very sound-conscious band apparent. --Stuart Broomer
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Music, Jazz, Jazz Albums, Art Ensemble Of Chicago


Label: Ecm Records
Release Date: June 14, 1994

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