Thursday, December 24, 2009

Phase One - Art Ensemble Of Chicago [America 30AM 6116]




Art Ensemble - 1971, France.  Available for a short while in Universal France's 'Free America' CD series - all titles of which are now discontinued unfortunately.  This one here is ripped from the original 'America' LP, not the CD reissue. Two side-long compositions/improvisations.

There should be *more* steer-horn in modern improvising..

Phase One

Art Ensemble of Chicage

Lester Bowie
Roscoe Mitchell
Joseph Jarman
Malachi Favors
Don Moye

Side A
1. Ohnedaruth (Jarman)

Side B
2. Lebert Aaly (Bowie/Mitchell/Jarman/Favors) [Dedication to Albert Ayler]


14 comments:

serviceton said...

LP to FLAC Rip - 179 MB

http://rapidshare.com/files/325225148/AEOC_PhaseOne.rar

I wish I had nabbed the CD when generally available - it IS on amazon - but at the "Wot, me avaricious ?" price of $US80 for a new one..

Wallofsound said...

Thank you, serviceton. Not an AEC LP I have.

Bombshelter Slim said...

Had this back in the day, never forgot the cover, dig the crazy hip-hop hand signals!!

serviceton said...

Hi TW, Hi Bombshelter S - are the hand signals what's called 'signifyin'? .. thanks for dropping by - and Happy Christmas .

Newk said...

Even when I had this on CD, I wanted the LP just for the cover. This one and Chi-Congo are great!

kinabalu said...

Ah yes, this was the first AEC record I got, though with a different cover, but from the same photo session, I suspect, as all five players are decked out in the same outfits. Mine is a US release on Prestige from 1973. Liner notes are by Valerie Wilmer, but might be a bit hard to read unless you blow up the back cover reproduction. A good one, but I would say that, wouldn't I?

serviceton said...

kinabalu, I believe I know just the cover you mean (Prestige one) . I *think* (but can't be sure) that there was a brief issue with a THIRD cover - seemingly from the same photo session.
But have no firm details on that - and (I must confess) don't want to get TOO hung up on obsessing over covers.
I love a good cover, but I had this experience meeting a guy in the UK in the late 90's. He collected covers of This Years Model by Elvis Costello. That's the *one album*. I can't remember how many ever-so-slightly-different-ones he had - 19 or something...
I got a bit chilled........

Valerie Wilmer *did* write the liner notes - she - in my view - is an absolute legendary individual and should be knighted or something. -HUGE props to Val Wilmer.!
If anyone reading here has NOT read her book 'As Serious As Your Life' - get a copy to read immediately - it's mandatory reading...

The front and back cover scans (incl. back liner notes) are in much bigger format with higher legible resolution - within the download RAR package.

And I agree - 'a good one' indeed

Newk said...

Val Wilmer not only wrote the above-mentioned book, which I also feel is one of the most important books on the subject, but she also took a lot of beautiful photographs. It was nice to see her brief appearance in I Am Albert Ayler.
On the subject of covers, it always surprised me when I found the originals of albums that were reissued by Arista Freedom.

Igor said...

Thank you for your generosity, serviceton.
Val Wilmer's book is one of those you want to read more than once. My very good friend called it the Bible.

Spazz numbNuts said...

hey Igor , yeah it is a great book ...i also like 'Jazz People' a book of interviews with jazz men of all eras....
i think all the interviewees were expats at the time ..all living in europe ... some beautiful photos too, Johnny Griffin covered by pigeons for example... its been a long time since i had a copy .. somy memory's probably dim ....

kinabalu said...

Serviceton,

if you've got the "Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass", there is yet another cover photo from the same session as the other two we mentioned before. The back has a smaller photo of Jarman and Fontella Bass and liner notes again by Valerie Wilmer. This might be the third one you're thinking of. My copy is on the America label. It's possible that this one was also released on Prestige in the States later on, though I don't know for sure.

19 covers of the Costello Model? I have one copy of that record and that will do nicely.

Agreed, the Wilmer is required reading. I have to admit that I only got through a few pages before other things intruded, yet again.

Playing as I write this, Jazz at the Philharmonic, vol.1. Man, them cats could wail!!

trane said...

Hey, rare AEoC, thanks for this post!!

hookfinger said...

Where the f*ck do you come up with this great stuff? thanks for this obscurity! And thank everyone for reminding me to dig up Willmer's book. I'm on a mission.

serviceton said...

trane, hookfinger - thanks for dropping by. the great stuff we just find at dumps, racetracks and so on mostly.. i think i bought this in 1982 - for the cover!
Speaking of which, i think you're exactly right kinabalu - it's the Fontella record I'm thinking of .
As to JATP - Norman knew how to put an aggregation together that would get the folks excited, oh yes he did !