Full Force (Art Ensemble of Chicago album)

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Full Force
Full Force (album).jpg
Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1980
Recorded January, 1980
Studio Columbia Recording Studios, New York
Genre Jazz
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Live in Berlin
(1978)Live in Berlin1978
Full Force
Urban Bushmen
(1981)Urban Bushmen1981

Full Force is a 1980 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, their second to appear on the ECM label. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors, and Don Moye.[1]


The album was identified by Chris Kelsey in his Allmusic essay "Free Jazz: A Subjective History" as one of the 20 Essential Free Jazz Albums.[2]

The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos states "Their music in this era continued in a developmental phase, stripping away nuance and shadings in lieu of pure expressionism, even more experimental while utilizing thematic ideas that alternately suggest world music fusions and tune structures. This may be the most accessible Art Ensemble of Chicago album, perhaps disappointing for some hardcore fans, but certainly illuminating to many others unexposed to their unmitigated brilliance".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Magg Zelma" (Favors) - 19:50
  2. "Carefree" (Mitchell) 0:50
  3. "Charlie M" (Bowie) - 9:18
  4. "Ol' Time Southside Street Dance" (Jarman) - 5:12
  5. "Full Force" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 7:24
  • Recorded January, 1980 in New York



  1. ^ ECM Catalogue
  2. ^ Kelsey, C. Free Jazz: A Subjective History accessed December 7, 2009
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed July 28, 2011
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.