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Art Ensemble of Chicago
Les Stances à Sophie
Soul Jazz Records
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October 5, 2018


Soul Jazz Records commemorate the 50th birthday of the Art Ensemble of Chicago by re-releasing their important 1970 work Les Stances A Sophie. For this LP the core AEoC membership of Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Flavors and Joseph Jarman were joined by drummer Don Moye and singer/pianist Fontella Bass. For just over a half-hour the sextet brings together elements of free jazz, spiritual jazz, post-bop and funk to create a heady Afrofuturist sound. Gil Scott-Heron (whose debut LP came out in the same year as Les Stances A Sophie) was surely taking note. The recruitment of Bass proved particularly inspired - her commanding vocal turn on opener ‘Theme De Yoyo’ is a standout moment of this excellent record.

  1. 1 Theme De Yoyo 1:10
  2. 2 Theme De Celine 1:00
  3. 3 Variations Sur Un Theme De Monteverdi (i) 1:06
  4. 4 Variations Sur Un Theme De Monteverdi (ii) 1:07
  5. 5 Proverbes (i) 1:01
  6. 6 Theme Amour Universal 1:00
  7. 7 Theme Libre 1:01
  8. 8 Proverbes (ii) 1:00

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