Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass

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Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass
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Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1971
Recorded August 1970
Studio Paris, France
Genre Jazz
Label America
Producer Pierre Berjot
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Live in Paris
(1970)Live in Paris1970
Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass
Phase One
(1970)Phase One1970
CD Reissue Cover
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Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass is a 1970 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris and released on the America label in 1971 then reissued in the US on Prestige Records the following year.[1][2] It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Fontella Bass, and Don Moye.


Robert Palmer's Rolling Stone review stated "The music works very much like a film, in sequences. Certain instruments and ideas carry over from one sequence to another, but something new is always being added as something else is subtracted. There are successions of episodes, of colours, meshes of tones and ideas, washes of sound. There is no soloing as such. Each player is a virtuoso on his main horns, but the virtuosity is channeled into a true ensemble approach."[3] The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "Bass, an R&B and gospel singer by trade and Lester Bowie's wife at the time, adds a wonderful theatrical and sonic dimension to the Art Ensemble's creative juggernaut... This set stands the test of time beautifully".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How Strange/Ole Jed" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 21:57
  2. "Horn Web" (Roscoe Mitchell) - 19:39



  1. ^ Art Ensemble of Chicago discography accessed 22, July, 2009
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Art Ensemble Of Chicago discography, accessed November 26, 2017
  3. ^ Palmer, R., Rolling Stone, January 4, 1973, p.61
  4. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed June 2, 2009.
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.