Les Stances a Sophie

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Les Stances a Sophie
Soundtrack album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1970
Recorded July 22, 1970
Genre Jazz
Label Pathé Marconi
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Chi-Congo
(1970)
Les Stances a Sophie
(1970)
Live in Paris
(1970)

Les Stances a Sophie is a 1970 soundtrack album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris for a French film directed by Moshé Mizrahi and first released on the Pathé Marconi label in France and on Nessa Records in the U.S.. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Fontella Bass and Don Moye. Moshé Mizrahi commissioned the original music for the film with the band only having two weeks left on their French visas.[1] It was reissued on CD in 2000 by Universal Sound records, mastered from a (fairly quiet) vinyl source.

Reception[edit]

Allmusic reviewer Brian Olewnick calls the album "one of the landmark records of the burgeoning avant-garde of the time and, simply put, one of the greatest jazz albums ever".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme de Yoyo" - 9:10
  2. "Theme de Celine" - 3:04
  3. "Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi I" - 3:02
  4. "Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi II" - 1:50
  5. "Proverbes No. 1" - 2:38
  6. "Theme Amour Universal" - 3:51
  7. "Theme Libre" - 8:49
  8. "Proverbes No. 2" - 1:22
All compositions by the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Lyrics of "Theme de Yoyo" by Noreen Beasley

  • Recorded July 22, 1970 in Paris

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frank, A. G. [1] at FreeLibrary
  2. ^ a b Olewnick, B. Les Stances a Sophie Review at Allmusic