A Jackson in Your House

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A Jackson in Your House
Studio album by
Recorded23 June 1969
StudioStudio Saravah, Paris, France
LabelBYG Actuel
ProducerJean Georgakarakos, Jean-Luc Young
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
A Jackson in Your House

A Jackson in Your House is a 1969 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded for the French BYG Actuel label.[1][2] It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors Maghostut. When issued on CD by Affinity in 1989, the track "The Waltz" was replaced by a six-minute live excerpt (of unknown provenance) entitled "Hey Friend" which has never reappeared on any subsequent reissue.


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[5]

The AllMusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 412 stars noting that "A Jackson in Your House is not the finest or most revelatory recording by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, but it is one of their more entertaining and carefree outings".[3] Dominique Leone of Pitchfork called the music "a direct indication of the kind of projects the musicians had previously been involved with: free improvisation; counterpoint and modern European classical music; traditionally minded attempts to integrate African music into their sound; a significant theatric influence" and concluded, "This is heady stuff, and though I can hear the dedication in the performance, sometimes the feeling loses me".[4] Reviewing the 2013 reissue, Lloyd Sachs of Jazz Times said, "A Jackson in Your House is highlighted by the circus-like title track; 'Ericka', a coolly charged, marimba-dappled, spoken-word declamation on '60s themes; and 'Song for Charles', a long, lyrical tribute to the band's recently deceased compadre Charles Clark".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Roscoe Mitchell except as indicated

1."A Jackson In Your House"5:40
2."Get In Line"5:45
3."The Waltz"1:15
4."Ericka" (Jarman)3:33
5."Song For Charles"17:30



  1. ^ Art Ensemble of Chicago discography accessed 22, July, 2009
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Art Ensemble Of Chicago discography, accessed November 26, 2017
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "The Art Ensemble of Chicago – A Jackson in Your House". AllMusic.
  4. ^ a b Leone, Dominique (February 21, 2002). "Art Ensemble of Chicago: A Jackson in Your House". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  5. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  6. ^ Sachs, Lloyd (July 16, 2013). "Art Ensemble of Chicago: A Jackson in Your House, Message to Our Folks, Reese and the Smooth Ones". Jazz Times. Retrieved February 22, 2019.