Thu September 21, 2006
Last Call presents the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Legendary jazz group releases 2 CD set
By Chris Cooke
Omaha, Nebraska – Saturday night?s Last Call will feature music from one of the legendary bands on today's jazz scene, the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The new 2 disc set is entitled Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City.
The double CD represents selections from the recordings made of the band during their remarkable six-night engagement, March 30th through April 4th 2004, at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.
Just as remarkable is that band is back to full strength, with the addition of two new members, Jaribu Shahid, Bass; and Corey Wilkes, Trumpet to the original lineup of Don Moye, Drums and reedmen Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman.
Two band members, trumpeter Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors, have passed away, Bowie in 1999, Favors in 2004.
Founded in 1969 in the city it is named after, the Art Ensemble of Chicago became one of the key groups on the progressive jazz scene in the 1970s and 1980s. The Art Ensemble combines elements of free jazz with strong African ethnic musical ingredients, and also draws upon the entire musical history of jazz. Percussion fuels the music the Art Ensemble makes, as the band creates a rich, polyrhythmic texture with their arsenal of drums, congas, and other instruments.
Listen to the Last Call at 11pm Saturday for music from the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Chris Cooke is the host of Jazz in the Afternoon and Last Call on KIOS-FM.