Mar 4, 2010

Art Ensemble of Chicago — The Complete Live In Japan


barabara sounds sez:
Ancient to the future. That's the AEC maxim — and it sort of fits Japan in a number of ways too. On their second visit, in 1984, AEC played two evenings in Tokyo. Although I may well have been in town at the time (who can remember all those years ago?) I didn't make it to either of the gigs, which is my loss since they've only been over here maybe once since. At least they were recorded for a radio broadcast (I think) and eventually in 1988 this double CD was issued by DIW/Disc Union*. This is the second gig (April 22, Kanihoken Hall, Gotanda) in its entirety — and there are plenty of fine moments here. If you're into AEC, this is essential listening.
[*actually a one-album LP with just 5 tracks was issued in '85]

dusty sez:
2LP set that brings together all of the live material that the Art Ensemble recorded for Japanese DIW in 1984. The concert was recorded in Tokyo, and the set list that includes the tracks "Ohnedaruth", "Spanish Song", "Ancestral Voices", "The Waltz", "Zero", "Odwalla: The Theme", and "Ol Time Southside Street Dance". The playing is fairly spirited, with solos all the way through by Bowie, Jarman, and Mitchell. The record is one of their best from the 80's, and certainly one of the strongest in their catalog for DIW.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This one's for my blogging friends/senpai in Japan. Always appreciated!

Comments or コメント, whatever language you like, all gratefully accepted...

Pt.1 http://www.mediafire.com/?fyjdjhmzi2o
Pt.2 http://www.mediafire.com/?w0yzngxj1de

Yotte said...

Thank you! I've never listened to much from these guys and recently thought I should do something about that. This looks like a great album to help.

taro nombei said...

@ Yotte

The early years of AEC are even more essential listening. Check out the latest post @ milkcratebreaks... cheers

Yotte said...

Thanks for the tip. I just ran over there and snatched up some. So much music, so little time.

Buns O'Plenty said...

nice job with this blog!

roberto t. said...

Great post, wonderful music, thank you!

taro nombei said...

@ Buns O'Plenty and roberto t.

thanks for dropping by!

moremiles said...

My first visit & my jaw won't close. Awesome stuff, as Lux said "You've got great taste"

taro nombei said...

@ moremiles

you're welcome, glad you like the music.

SlimStew said...

Thank you--AEC was always best live, but they've made some fabulous recordings too. Looking forward to hearing this.

taro nombei said...

@ SlimStew
Yup live is best whatever, whoever!

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Ground Rules said...

Thanks for all the great music! Nice place you have here. Bravo!