the other two reviews are variously very good in conveying the joy that is listening again to arguably the most underrated group in modern jazz - the Art Ensemble of Chicago, here taken from Paris sessions in 1969 + 70.
firstly the positive - the first 6 tracks are variously funky, free, fun, wild, instrospective, afro-experimental as the AEofC play a dazzling range of adventurous post-bop free-ish, afrocentric/avant jazz. that's quite a wide category i know,but with messrs Bowie,Roscoe,Mitchell et al - it just about fits. such was their breadth of vision + exploratory playing.
the first track alone the now posthumous "hit" on youtube + in more discerning bars,is the fantastic groove laden track "theme de yoyo" with the sadly just passed away singer Fontella Bass. this track lays down a groove that James Brown,Bootsy etc would be proud of with soulful ms.Bass make this track alone - a certifiable essential piece of jazz/soul crossover monster. that good yes.
tracks 2-6 are variously - as described in the first paragraph - a tour de force of the finest elements of later AEofC releases such as the ECM era "full force" etc : adventurous,fun,swing/free-ish nuggets of post-bop jazz. marvellous.
the negative for me is the final 40 minutes taken up by the decidely rambling ,almost zen like minimal avant-gardish "people in sorrow" that really doesnt go anywhere. the track from "magg zelma" from the 1984 lp "full force" is a similar, yet a more focused version .
sound quality is first rate, booklet notes are informative + for less than £8 to you door - well worth your money. for the adventurous out there wishing to go beyond Duke,Mingus,Marsalis. genius - but flawed genius all the same.