Thursday, August 31, 2006

Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City - Live At Iridium

Posted on Thu, Aug 31, 2006 at 4:00 AM

Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City - Live At Iridium
Label: Pi
Length: LP
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City - Live At Iridium
Recorded during a six-night stint that took place just two months after the death of AEC bassist Malachi Favors, one might expect a certain mournful tone to permeate these proceedings. Instead, the Art Ensemble was in fiery good form, and, at least judging by the dozen well-recorded tracks that were culled from the performances, was also in high spirits. Although the core members on this recording ' Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye and Joseph Jarman ' may have an average age of 65, they've not yet lost touch with their revolutionary roots, nor forgotten how to take their Afro-centric compositions into the out-there stratosphere. Newer members Corey Wilkes (trumpet) and Jaribu Shahid (bass) perform more than admirably as the quintet knocks legendary numbers like 'Odwallaâ?� completely out of the park. This is a phenomenal showing from a legendary and still vital group.

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