Roscoe Mitchell – Bells For The South Side (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 2:07:32 minutes | 2,39 GB | Genre: Jazz
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Blending jazz improvisation, post-John Cage modernism, funk and the occasional touch of rock, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its co-founder, Roscoe Mitchell, made good on the ambition of its motto: “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future”. Mr. Mitchell formed that group in the wake of his involvement in the 1965 founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a pathbreaking collective of black artists known as the A.A.C.M.
Roscoe Mitchell contrasts and – for the first time – combines the sounds and distinctive characters of his four trios in an exhilarating double album recorded at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mitchell had been invited to premiere new music at the museum, in the context of the exhibition The Freedom Principle, which celebrated the directions in music and art set in motion by the AACM on Chicago’s South Side. Starting out by exploring “Spatial Aspects of the Sound”, with the ensemble featuring both Craig Taborn and Tyshawn Sorey on pianos, Mitchell offers what amounts to a composer self-portrait in continually changing colours and textures, reflecting on his own history while looking toward the future. Two pieces – including the title composition – draw upon the full percussion instrumentarium of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a panorama of gongs, bells, rattles, sirens, hand drums and more. Along the way there are remarkable contributions by all participants, among them a lyrical bass guitar feature for Jaribu Shahid on “EP 7849”, a heart-dilating solo by Tani Tabbal on “Cards for Drums”, an extended trumpet feature for Hugh Ragin on “Bells for the South Side”, evocative and atmospheric electronics from Craig Taborn and James Fei on “Red Moon in the Sky”, and plenty of Mitchell’s powerhouse saxophones throughout, from the piercing sopranino down to the mighty bass sax. The performance is concluded with “Odwalla”, the Mitchell-composed theme song of the Art Ensemble.
01 – Spatial Aspects Of The Sound
02 – Panoply
03 – Prelude To A Rose
04 – Dancing In The Canyon
05 – EP 7849
06 – Bells For The South Side
07 – Prelude To The Card Game, Cards For Drums, And The Final Hand
08 – The Last Chord
09 – Six Gongs And Two Woodblocks
10 – R509A Twenty B
11 – Red Moon In The Sky / Odwalla
Produced by Steve Lake.
Recorded in September 2015 at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago by David Zuchowski.
Mixed in May 2016 at Studios La Buissonne, Pernes-les-Fontaines by Gerard de Haro with Steve Lake.
Mastered by Nicolas Baillard.
Roscoe Mitchell – sopranino, soprano, alto and bass saxophones, flute, piccolo, bass recorder, percussion
James Fei – sopranino and alto saxophones, contra-alto clarinet, electronics
Hugh Ragin – trumpet, piccolo trumpet
Tyshawn Sorey – trombone, piano, drums, percussion
Craig Taborn – piano, organ, electronics
Jaribu Shahid – double bass, bass guitar, percussion
Tani Tabbal – drums, percussion
Kikanju Baku – drums, percussion
William Winant – percussion, tubular bells, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, roto toms, cymbals, bass drum, woodblocks, timpani