Art Ensemble Of Chicago (The) - Full Force (Music CD)

Release Date: 10 November 2008
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The Art Ensemble of Chicago's second album for ECM, 1980's FULL FORCE, is a distinct improvement over their somewhat tentative label debut, 1978's NICE GUY. Where that album made somewhat too much of the group's much-vaunted eclecticism, FULL FORCE draws all the different strands of their influences into a powerful yet varied whole.
From the opening "Magg Zelma" to the closing title track, the group brings a certain manic energy to even the slower numbers by keeping solo passages brief, and rhythmic vamps to a minimum. Sometimes, the whole threatens to careen out of control, as on the hyperkinetic "Dance," which features drummer Don Noyes and bassist Malachi Favors alternating frenzied two-bar statements while Roscoe Mitchell and Joe Jarman trade fierce choruses on tenor and soprano sax. This is about as wild as modern creative jazz gets.
Release Date: 10 November 2008

1. Magg Zelma
2. Care Free
3. Charlie M
4. Old Time Southside Street Dance
5. Full Force


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