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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B001CSQIPU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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The Art of Ensemble of Chicago terrified me when I was a teenager getting into jazz and struggling to get beyond Thelonious Monk. Wind forward 35 years and this record serves to remind you just how poor so much contemporary jazz is. Whereas they initially struck me as being too radical and detached from what I understood jazz to be, a record like "Full Force" not only stand firmly within the tradition but offers an approach which is positively Shakespearean. It is also a reminder that ECM once really knew what great jazz was and didn't seem ashamed to promote groups like AEoC.

Captured in a wonderful audio quality, the music has an electric charge throughout. We may be talking about Free Jazz yet the music swings mightily and there is always something happening. The opening track seems to grow from the smallest germ of an idea and crackles with excitement. Lester Bowie was the first avant gardist who captured my imagination and this was largely because there was something about his playing the evoked the likes of Freddie Keppard and King Oliver. The blues tribute to Charlie Mingus takes this further, with Bowie almost sounding like Cootie Williams. It is difficult to take your ears away from listening to this music and the whole craftsmanship of the players, whether as soloists or part of the exotic ensembles makes you realise the folly of many of today's critics who think "cutting edge" means a piano trip with a funny name.

All in all, this is an absolutely brilliant disc and one which is likely to appeal to a broad range of jazz fans and not just committed fans of the Chicago avant garde. This record is unreservedly recommended.
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I saw them life in Reykjavik in the early 80's and I knew nothing about them then and the show was a great experience. This was different to say the least, the guys dressed in African costumes with painted faces (except the late Lester Bowie who dressed in white and looked like a doctor).
The stage was full of interesting instruments and smoke and lights were used to enhance the atmosphere, it was Grand Fun.
Full Force is in my opinion the best album from the group (Urban Bushmen is also great) the playing is full of passion and the compositions are higly interesting, original and just pure fun.
One of the things that I really like about this C.D. is that apart from the traditional Jazz instruments like drumset, double bass, sax and trompet, which they all play brilliantly is that they also play all kinds of other instruments like hand drums, many kinds of percussion, celesta and bells and whistles.
It's the kind of music that appeals to the Emotions to the Intellect and to the Funny bone. Humor is for some reason very rarely blended in music.
(Another great musician who also mixes humor with emotions and intellect is of course Frank Zappa).
Highly recommended.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The recording quality is excellent with wide frequency response 26 April 2015
By Daniel M. Danilowich - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a phenomenal album. It brings back the live shows The Art Ensemble of Chicago did at the Edmonton Jazz Festival around 1980.
The music is highly experimental, tonally diverse and completely non-commmercial. The recording quality is excellent with wide frequency response, transparent imaging and wide dynamic range indicative of all ECM recordings. I would highly recommend this album to anyone who understands and embraces modern avant-garde Jazz.
5.0 out of 5 stars AEC are an amazing jazz ensemble 4 Jun. 2016
By P. beckman - Published on Amazon.com
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AEC are an amazing jazz ensemble! Full Force and Nice guys are my favorite discs. I highly recommend both albums for those who are open to free jazz and Great African Music!
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a must have collector of fine art and jazz 7 Jun. 2016
By jason webb - Published on Amazon.com
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organic and pleasing to the ears. this is a must have collector of fine art and jazz.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too easy, Too cool 21 July 2015
By GTE'59 - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this online, and lo and behold, it was delivered to my home. Too easy, Too cool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Jazz albums of the 80's 20 Sept. 1999
By Örn Leifsson - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw them life in Reykjavik in the early 80's and I knew nothing about them then and the show was a great experience, this was different to say the least, the guys dressed in african costumes with painted faces (except Lester Bowie who looked like a doctor) and the stage full of interesting instruments, it was grand fun.
Full Force is in my opinion the best album from the group (Urban Bushmen is also great) the playing is full of passion and the compositions are higly interesting, original and just pure fun.
One of the things that I really like is, apart from the traditional Jazz instruments like drumset, bass, sax and trompet they play all kinds of handdrums,percussion, bells and whistles, it's a kind of music that appeals to the emotion, intellect and the funny bone (another great guy who does that is of course Frank Zappa).
Highly recommended.
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