Early Combinations

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Early Combinations
Early combinations cover.jpeg
Studio album by Art Ensemble
Released 2012
Recorded September 2 & November 2, 1967
Studio Lester Bowie home, Chicago
Genre Jazz
Length 44:26
Label Nessa
Producer Chuck Nessa
Roscoe Mitchell chronology
Early Combinations

Early Combinations is an album by a formative stage of the band which later became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. It was recorded in 1967 at Lester Bowie's home but not issued as a single CD until 2012 by Nessa Records. The two tracks on the album were originally included in the 1993 limited edition box set Art Ensemble 1967/68, also released by Nessa.[1] "A To Ericka" was recorded for submission to a Jazz Festival in Poland and was unsuccessful in its purpose. "Quintet" was a dress rehearsal for a concert arranged by Jarman to take place at Winnetka High School that was cancelled.[2]


The JazzTimes review by Mike Shanley notes that "It’s impressive how strong these two 20-minute-plus tracks sound, considering the group was not a proper unit at the time."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "A to Ericka" (Favors / Mitchell / Jarman) - 21:39
  2. "Quintet" (Joseph Jarman) - 22:47



  1. ^ Early Combinations at Nessa Records
  2. ^ Liner notes by Terry Martin
  3. ^ Shanley, Mike. Early Combinations review at JazzTimes