Phase One (Art Ensemble of Chicago album)

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Phase One
AEOC PhaseOne Cover.jpg
Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1973
Recorded February 1971
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass
(1970)Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass1970
Phase One
Live at Mandell Hall
(1972)Live at Mandell Hall1972

Phase One is an album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris in February 1971. It features Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Don Moye performing two side-long pieces dedicated to John Coltrane and Albert Ayler respectively.


Jim Miller's Rolling Stone review stated "The Art Ensemble of Chicago plays a music steeped in the black American musical tradition and its African heritage. They offer the rare spectacle of an intrinsically historical yet wholly contemporary jazz. Phase One marks one of the year's jazz events on record; more indelibly than Bap-Tizum it captures the quintessence of this extraordinary group."[1] The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "This is one of the least well-known recordings by the AEC, but it is also one of their most enduring and a true high mark from their Paris period".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Ohnedaruth" (Jarman) - 21:30
  2. "Lebert Aaly .. dedicated to Albert Ayler" (Bowie, Mitchell, Jarman, Favors) - 20:56


  • Lester Bowie: trumpet, flugelhorn, steer-horns, etc.
  • Roscoe Mitchell: soprano, alto and bass saxophones, clarinets, flute, percussion
  • Joseph Jarman: soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, clarinets, oboe, flutes, marimba, vibes, percussion
  • Malachi Favors Maghostut: bass and electric bass, banjo, cythar, percussion
  • Don Moye: drums, bass marimba, temple blocks, bells, etc


  1. ^ Miller, J., Rolling Stone, March 28, 1974 p.50-51
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed July 27, 2011
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 14. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.