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Sound - Art Ensemble of Chicago Series V1 [VINYL]

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  • Vinyl (9 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delmark Records
  • ASIN: B001WIH1J2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This album was most people's first introduction to Chicago's AACM members and their radical version of 'free jazz' (for want of a better term). It's a stone classic and a compulsory addition to the collection of anyone with the slightest interest in this musical genre. Still sounds as fresh as when it was first issued.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Must! 11 May 2000
By riot67 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This lp released in 1966 is a monumental effort. Not only is it the first recorded music to emerge from the groundbreaking AACM it changed the face of free jazz and sent it into new and unexplored territory that would be further expanded on by The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Anthony Braxton among others. At any rate "Sound" is essentially an Art Ensemble....recording minus Joseph Jarman. The cd issue contains alternate cuts of "Ornette" and the two versions of "Sound" are seperated. On "Ornette" Mitchell pays homage to the master; high energy Ornette inspired tonal jazz, music that bombards from all sides. On "Sound" the breakthrough on this album the musicans alternate soloing interspaced with periods of silence. At times the intruments wail over crashing cymbals and other times they cry as if in agony. A very moving experience indeed. The piece is not without structure though, there is a method to Mitchells madness. The "Little Suite" employs the various little instruments that later became a signature for the Art Ensemble of Chicago. All in all this is a landmark recording and deserves to be on the same shelf as Colemans "Free Jazz" and Coltranes "Acension". Mitchell has never ceased to amaze both as a muscian but more importantly as a composer and this is an important record that both documents the beginning of Mitchells career as well as The Art Ensemble of Chicago.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A lesser-known early template for free jazz 27 Jun. 2005
By Autonomeus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After the manic energy of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and the late Coltrane, SOUND introduced an entirely different approach to the developing free jazz avant-garde -- the deliberate use of space and the elimination of the pulse. Of course, this was not accepted within the parameters of "jazz" by many, but it shared that fate with all of the above-mentioned innovators. Though I know Mitchell has denied the connection, his sound innovations created common ground with the European avant-garde in the form of improvising groups like AMM and the Spontaneous Music Ensemble (which included Evan Parker), as well as the experimentalists of the classical tradition.

This recording of Roscoe Mitchell's compositions was the first recording by the new AACM, Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which at first centered around pianist and composer Muhal Richard Abrams. Robert Koester's Delmark label was important in documenting the AACM in those early years, recording Abrams, Anthony Braxton, and others. This delmark CD reissue, from 1996, the 30th year anniversary of the original recording, is a remarkable expansion of the original vinyl edition. First, an alternate recording of "Ornette" is added. Second, the original "Sound," as it turns out, was a splice from two recordings -- here we are presented with both versions in their entirety, one 26'26, and the other 19'20. "Ornette" is the most conventional of the three compositions, and serves as a gateway into the realm of pure sound abstraction of the title track. "The Litte Suite," which introduced what became a core element of the Art Ensemble's repertoire in later years, a bewildering battery of little percussion instruments, whistles, harmonicas, and so forth, brings a humorous note, which would also become so key to the AEC sound palette.

SOUND is attributed to the Roscoe Mitchell Sextet, but it already features Malachi Favors on bass and Lester Bowie on trumpet. Joseph Jarman would soon join Mitchell, Favors & Bowie in what was originally called Roscoe Mitchell's Art Ensemble. They left for Paris in 1969, where Don Moye joined, and "Chicago" was added, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago was born.

SOUND may not be as well-known as Ornette's THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME, or Coltrane's A LOVE SUPREME. It may be only slightly more obscure than Cecil's UNIT STRUCTURES, come to think of it. But the point is, it should be more widely known -- it's not easy listening music, it is a voyage into the unknown. It represents the creative spirit of music at its best.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
More Than Just Historic 2 Feb. 2006
By MF - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yes, this is a historic recording--the first AACM recording, but more importantly, Mitchell's record is an amazing set of music by some very original and creative musicians.

There are two versions of "Ornette", an aptly named short piece that does indeed owe more than a little to Ornette Coleman. However, the focus here is on the highly original title track. As others have noted, on this cd issue we are treated to the two full versions of this track. Although the title is "Sound", silence is equally important here, as the musicians examine the notes and the spaces between them. The ensemble playing shows some traces of free jazz, some traces of third stream, but ultimately is a highly original work that continues to fascinate four decades later.

For any lover of creative jazz players of this era, this album is no less than essential.
An Important recording, with some beautiful music 17 Aug. 2013
By Guy Who Likes Music - Published on
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If for no other reason than the fact that this was the first recording that came out of the AACM (American Association of Creative Musicians, still a going concern today in Chicago), this is a vital album for those interested in Free Jazz or in the larger experimental music movement in 20th Century America.

Some of the tunes are achingly beautiful - I'm immensely moved by the longing, and ache in the saxes in Sound 1 and Sound 2. Personally, I find The Little Suite to be a less successful experiment (I can hear how other reviewers feel it's more like random noise, though I know that it was a composed work), though clearly playful - which is why I only go 4 stars. And the two Ornette takes are really fun quasi-tributes to Ornette Coleman.

Listening to this music can really transport you to a new place. If you want an slightly easier road into appreciating the AACM and Free Jazz, I can't recommend Chico Freeman's "Chico" highly enough; you may also be able to find your way in through Anthony Braxton's work. And there's a great book ("A Power Stronger Than Itself" by George E. Lewis) about the movement as a whole, which I believe can be purchased here on Amazon, if you'd like to learn more about the whole movement.

It's clearly not music for everyone - and that's cool. Mitchell and all the pioneers in the AACM were trying to get away from concrete rhythmic and melodic patterns - aspects of music considered central to the term itself for thousands of years. I personally believe they have succeeded in finding something great here. And, if you're interested in this movement, you'll want to own this album.
JUST got it but I know I'm going to like it. 18 Jan. 2014
By Edward O - Published on
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I have some AACM and AEOC stuff and other like music (Jarmans' "As If It Were The Seasons", AEOC "Live in Paris" and "Les Stances A Sophie.") Although some of this is more "skeletal" than anything I have. I'm sure I'll like much of this. Compared to the more aggressive kinds of free music, which takes my mind on a more expansive and emotional mental journey, much of the music similar to this recording has a more cerebral introverted effect on me. There is nothing I can add that has not already been said. I do want to say that looking at the track list and reading about the original vinyl version of Sound being a composite recording, why was it not included on the CD version. Separating the two is fine, but having the original version also on the CD would have been awesome.
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