Certain Blacks

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Certain Blacks
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Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1970
Recorded February 10, 1970
Genre Jazz
Length 42:25
Label America
Producer Pierre Berjot
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Certain Blacks is an album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris on February 10, 1970, and released on the America label. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell (credited as Edward Mitchell Jr.), Malachi Favors Maghostut, Chicago Beau, Julio Finn and William A. Howell.


The Allmusic review by Ron Wynn states: "A classic, with spicy and frenetic solos one moment, comic overtones and clever melodies and rhythms the next. The Art Ensemble at this point were becoming stars overseas, and finding the going increasingly tougher in America. It's outside or avant-garde jazz with soul, heart, and funk".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 2/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Certain Blacks 'Do What They Wanna'" (Chicago Beau) - 23:41
  2. "One for Jarman" (Chicago Beau) - 7:07
  3. "Bye Bye Baby" (Sonny Boy Williamson) - 11:37
  • Recorded February 10, 1970, in Paris



  1. ^ a b Wynn, R. Allmusic Review accessed July 21, 2009.
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.