People in Sorrow

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People in Sorrow
People in Sorrow.jpg
Studio album by
RecordedJuly 7, 1969
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
The Spiritual
People in Sorrow
Message to Our Folks

People in Sorrow is a 1969 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Boulogne for the French Pathé-Marconi label, later reissued in the US on Nessa Records.[1][2] It features an extended improvised performance by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors Maghostut.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "The still-startling music, which uses space, dynamics, and a wide range of emotions expertly, is not for everyone's taste (the high-energy tenors of the mid-1960s are actually easier to get into), but worth the struggle".[3] The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide said "their masterpiece, People in Sorrow, a forty-minute example of how the group's menagerie of instruments and spontaneous approach to structure can create clearly delineated precisely shaded and starkly emotional music".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "People In Sorrow Part 1" - 17:05
  2. "People In Sorrow Part 2" - 23:05
All compositions by the Art Ensemble of Chicago
  • Recorded July 7, 1969 in Boulogne, Paris



  1. ^ Art Ensemble of Chicago discography accessed 22, July, 2009
  2. ^ Jazzlists: Art Ensemble Of Chicago discography, accessed November 26, 2017
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed 19 July 2009
  4. ^ a b Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.