Full Force (Art Ensemble of Chicago album)

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Full Force
Full Force (album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1, 1980
RecordedJanuary 1980
StudioColumbia Recording Studios, New York
ProducerManfred Eicher
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Live in Berlin
Full Force
Urban Bushmen

Full Force is a 1980 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago, their second to appear on the ECM label.[1][2][3][4]


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.[5]

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".[6]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Magg Zelma" (Malachi Favors) - 19:50
  2. "Carefree" (Roscoe Mitchell) 0:50
  3. "Charlie M" (Lester Bowie) - 9:18
  4. "Ol' Time Southside Street Dance" (Joseph Jarman) - 5:12
  5. "Full Force" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 7:24



  1. ^ Art Ensemble of Chicago discography accessed 22, July, 2009
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Art Ensemble Of Chicago discography, accessed November 26, 2017
  3. ^ ECM Records Catalog: 1100 series, accessed November 26, 2017
  4. ^ ECM Records Catalogue, accessed November 26, 2017
  5. ^ Kelsey, C. Free Jazz: A Subjective History accessed December 7, 2009
  6. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed July 28, 2011
  7. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.