The Third Decade

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The Third Decade
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Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released 1984
Recorded June, 1984
Genre Jazz
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
The Complete Live in Japan
(1984)The Complete Live in Japan1984
The Third Decade

The Third Decade is a 1984 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago released on the ECM label. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Don Moye.[1]


The Allmusic review by Stephen Cook states "Third Decade marked both the end of their relationship with the ECM label and the beginning of a more streamlined stretch of music making".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD reviewed the album negatively, calling it "nothing so much as the atrophy of a once-radical band."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Prayer for Jimbo Kwesi" (Jarman) - 9:52
  2. "Funky Aeco" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 7:43
  3. "Walking in the Moonlight" (Mitchell) - 4:11
  4. "The Bell Piece" (Mitchell) - 6:07
  5. "Zero" (Bowie) - 6:00
  6. "Third Decade" (Art Ensemble of Chicago) - 8:19
  • Recorded June, 1984 in Ludwigsburg



  1. ^ ECM Catalogue
  2. ^ a b Cook, S. Allmusic Review accessed July 28, 2011
  3. ^ Richard Cook and Brian Morton, The Penguin Guide to Jazz on Cd, 3rd ed. 1993, p. 52