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Fanfare For Warriors [CD]

Art Ensemble Of Chicago Audio CD

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7. The Key

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One of the many key qualities of the Art Ensemble of Chicago was their ability to marry the abstract with the traditional. In painting the equivalent would have been Jackson Pollock using Rembrandt, so one can appreciate what skill was required to carry it off. This album features perhaps the Ensemble's most influential line-up (they would go through as many changes in their history as Madonna does outfits in an average concert) and includes trumpeter Lester Bowie and Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman on a variety of instruments (ranging from soprano sax to drums). If any of the Ensemble's albums can be chosen as the definitive album then maybe Fanfare for the Warriors is the one. The album showcases their audacious avant-garde jazz, which also harks back to jazz's roots and manages to be both challenging and light-hearted at the same time. The title track itself gives the listener one of the truly essential Ensemble numbers. Fanfare is not always an easy listen but it is always innovative and exciting. --Phil Brett

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 23 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Of all the AEC recordings, I think that this recording best defines who the AEC is.
It generally is more raw than their ECM recordings, and this has the best balance between improvistation and composition. You have the otherworldly Illistrum, the raw but ritualistic title track, the R&B tinged Scuffle Shuffle, and a few vibrant non-Western styles in What's to Say. Nonaah is how Stockhausen would have sounded if he had hung out in the South Side of Chicago.
This effort has a get-down-to-business approach which leaves virtually no dead spots on this project.
This recording gets the highest of possible ratings.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best studio recording by the Art Ensemble! 4 Dec 2000
By Autonomeus - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard FANFARE FOR THE WARRIORS for the first time when it finally appeared on CD in 1999. The original LP had been released in 1974. It is the Art Ensemble's finest studio recording! Joined by Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, it is a flawless representation of the band's facets, talents, and overall effect.

FANFARE opens with Joseph Jarman reading an epic Pan-African poem by Malachi Favors over the famous Ensemble "little instruments." This captures the theatrical and mythical elements of the band at the outset. Their performances were always rituals. The rest of the album is a perfect symmetrical journey. The sadly departed Lester Bowie kicks things off with the rollicking "Barnyard Scuffel Shuffel." Roscoe leads us into the mystical with his "Nonaah," culminating with the journey's destination -- Jarman's "Fanfare." A slighter Jarman piece "What's to Say" leads back to another enigmatic Mitchell passage, "Tnoona." The journey closes as always with a blues beat -- this time it's Roscoe's "The Key."

The best Art Ensemble recording is the live URBAN BUSHMEN, but FANFARE is a close second, and is a perfect introduction to the band. The overall effect was/is always greater than the sum of the parts, but each part is more perfectly realized on this album than anywhere else in their recorded output.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must! 18 May 2000
By riot67 - Published on Amazon.com
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Along with Bap-tizum this lp is a must and aptly documents the excitement that was the Art Ensemble of Chicago in the early 70's. From the lyrical exploration of "Illistrum" to the freeform taunting of the title track to the classically influenced "Tnoona" each and every song takes you on a sonic spiritual journey that few jazz records ever achieve. It's interesting to note that they did not release another album for five years and when they did their music had changed somewhat which makes this record that much more important as it is the final document of their first phase and an important one it is.
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