Les Stances a Sophie

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Les Stances a Sophie
Les Stances a Sophie.jpg
Soundtrack album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1970
Recorded July 22, 1970
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Label Pathé Marconi
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Les Stances a Sophie
Live in Paris

Les Stances a Sophie is a 1970 soundtrack album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris for a French film directed by Moshé Mizrahi and first released on the Pathé Marconi label in France and on Nessa Records in the U.S.. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Fontella Bass and Don Moye. Moshé Mizrahi commissioned the original music for the film with the band only having two weeks left on their French visas.[1] It was reissued on CD in 2000 by Universal Sound records, mastered from a (fairly quiet) vinyl source.


Rolling Stone writer Robert Palmer observed "Sophie is a film score and the group essays bop. free music, a neo-dixieland and pounding R&B. There are saxophone solos by Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell, solid walking from bassist Malachi Favors, aggressive percussion from Don Moye and a searing Fontella Bass vocal."[2] Allmusic reviewer Brian Olewnick calls the album "one of the landmark records of the burgeoning avant-garde of the time and, simply put, one of the greatest jazz albums ever".[3] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide said "Les Stances has some of the group's most varied playing".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Theme de Yoyo" - 9:10
  2. "Theme de Celine" - 3:04
  3. "Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi I" - 3:02
  4. "Variations Sur un Theme de Monteverdi II" - 1:50
  5. "Proverbes No. 1" - 2:38
  6. "Theme Amour Universal" - 3:51
  7. "Theme Libre" - 8:49
  8. "Proverbes No. 2" - 1:22

All compositions by the Art Ensemble of Chicago except lyrics of "Theme de Yoyo" by Noreen Beasley

  • Recorded July 22, 1970 in Paris



  1. ^ Frank, A. G. [1] at FreeLibrary
  2. ^ Palmer, R., Rolling Stone, January 4, 1973, p.61
  3. ^ a b Olewnick, B. Les Stances a Sophie Review at Allmusic
  4. ^ a b Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.