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american swinging in paris

3 Mar 2003

£9.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Song Title
Thème de Yoyo
Thème De Céline
Variations Sur Un Theme De Monteverdi (I, II, III)
Thème De L'amour Universel
Proverbes (I, II, III)
Thème Libre
People in sorrow (part I)
People in sorrow (part II)

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 3 Mar 2003
  • Label: Parlophone France
  • Copyright: 2002 Parlophone Music France
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  • Total Length: 1:13:51
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  • ASIN: B001J499VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,632 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ensemble On Form 19 Feb 2004
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A fine ‘twofer’ from the early Parisian days of the Ensemble, it combines one of their most accessible records – Les Stances a Sophie, with one of their more challenging and brilliant efforts – People in Sorrow. Les Stances was written as a film soundtrack and is enhanced on its longest track by the blues vocalist Fontella Bass. People in Sorrow, consisting of just two long tracks, is a typical Ensemble mixture of percussion and free form blowing. It succeeds beautifully in evoking what the title suggests. This record is brilliant value – highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great AEof C -in Paris.but not 5 stars.. 31 Dec 2012
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two classics from Americans abroad 6 Dec 2012
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This single-disc releases brings together two classic late-Sixties recordings (Les Stances à Sophie and People in Sorrow) by the Art Ensemble from the period of furious creativity when they were resident in Paris. There's everything here, from free-form wig-out fusion to baroque counterpoint.
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