5 October 2009

Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Live in Nervi '79


The particularity of this recording is the absence of
Malachi Favors (severe absence), nevertheless the
performance conserves a sure interest.

Rec. live in Nervi, Italy, on July 22nd, 1979
(mix recording)

Joseph Jarman/Roscoe Mitchell,reeds
Lester Bowie,trumpet
Don Moyè,percussions
(absent Malachi Favors)

1. Track #1 (47:59)
2. Track #2 (14:12)

Total Time 62:11


riccardo said...

mp3 (129 MB) :

flac (407 MB) :



maghetto said...

as you say is very interesting.
for me that I collect only Art Ensemble of Chicago is nice gift
many many thanks

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

trane said...

Thanks a lot Riccardo, the AEoC in trio format is indeed interesting

Anonymous said...

dear riccardo big thanks for all these posts. i have a request. have you got any ornette coleman prime time concert 1978/79? cheers marco

riccardo said...

dear marco, i've taped the Prime Time at the '78 Nervi Festival and from the same period i've Moers '81 and Brackwell '78. Let me some time for digitalizing the tapes.
a hug, riccardo

giu said...

Superthanks. I was at this concert, my first time for AEOC..

Jazz from Italy said...


it's a rare and explosive live also if Malachi, for me, is the tree that connects the music of the gods of improvisation, with the roots of the jazz.

great post, Riccardo.

kinabalu said...

I was going to post a set of the AEoC with Don Pullen, pulled off Usenet. The only added piece of info I had was Frankfurt. But I thought I do a little research before going ahead. Alas, it turned out that the set is indeed commercially available as "Fundamental Destiny" and can be found here:


So for those of you curious about that combination, it can be explored. Here's a customer review:

This recording of a 1991 concert in Frankfurt features the Art Ensemble playing with pianist Don Pullen. The inclusion of the piano keeps the harmonic space a bit less open than on most AEC recordings and, as a result, there is a bit less free playing here than usual (no really cacophonous sections). The emphasis is on the compositions themselves and on continually inventive counterpoints that demonstrate exciting interplay between the musicians. The highlights for me are "Song for Attala" (composed by Mitchell) and "Fundamental Destiny" (composed by Jarman). "People in Sorrow" is well done (a bit freer than the other pieces) and "Odwalla" is well executed but the playing is mostly covered by the announcer introducing the band. The inclusion of Pullen also all but eliminates the AEC's typically heavy use of percussion. Jarman, Mitchell, and Bowie often play off of one another, and their lines are longer and less pointillistic than is common on some recordings.

The five stars are for the truly inspired and consistently well-executed playing. Those who like freer, louder, and/or more percussive incarnations of the AEC (e.g. Fanfare for Warriors, Bap-tizum) may want to look elsewhere, but this album should appeal to most fans of the Art Ensemble as well as fans of somewhat more traditional jazz. If you're new to the AEC, this isn't considered one of their hallmark recordings, but it would work well as an introduction to the band.

Anonymous said...

i'm a jazz listener and i'd love to be able to download the 'live in nervi' you posted but i can't! Anyway, i wanted to ask you something: do you have any idea of where can i find (download) this album "The stars salute rodgers & hart"? -hallmark 1996-
thanks a lot!

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