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New Art Ensemble Of Chicago Release Gets a Long Review

Source: Glide Magazine.

Once branded musical insurrectionists when they burst on the scene in the late sixties, the two surviving members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC) original quintet, deliver an all-encompassing resurrectionist statement by expanding to a chamber orchestra on this live 2-CD recording, The Sixth Decade, From Paris to Paris. The album was recorded in France in 2020 at the Son d’hiver festival, coming full circle to where the group was first formed in 1968. The two founding members, saxophonist/composer Roscoe Mitchell (sopranino and alto) and drummer/percussionist Famoudou Don Moye not only expanded the band but have reshaped its sound, primarily through the addition of arguably today’s most dramatic spoken word artist, Moor Mother. In addition, in-demand avant-garde cellist Tomeka Reid and violinist Jean Cook join together with semi-regulars – trumpeter Hugh Ragin, flutist Nicole Mitchell, and bassist Jaribu Shahid.