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Bowie, Lester

All The Numbers (2 CDs)

Bowie, Lester: All The Numbers (2 CDs) (NESSA)

The 1967 sessions that led to the formation of the Art Emsenble of Chicago, originally released as a single LP; trio and quartet session with foresight and vision.

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product information:

UPC: 827020313220

Label: NESSA
Catalog ID: 31
Squidco Product Code: 12271

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Disc A trio sessions recorded August 11, 1967; Disc B quartet sessions recorded August 25, 1967. Recordings by Stu Black, Sound Studios, Inc. Remix and digital transfers by Steve Wagner at Riverside Studio. Originall released in 1967 on LP on the Nessa label.


Lester Bowie-trumpet, flugelhorn, steer horn, kelp horn

Roscoe Mitchell-alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet, flute, recorder, gourd

Malachi Favors-bass, kazoo

Joseph Jarman-alto sax, sopranino sax, clarinet, bassoon (disc B)

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track listing:

Disc A:

1. Warm Up 2:15

2. Number 2 21:50

3. Number 1 25:11

Disc B:

1. Number 2 - Take 4 (Interrupted) 8:40

2. Number 2 - Take 6 14:35

3. Number 2 - Take 7 19:47

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"These first recordings under Lester Bowie's name were made in 1967 with his compatriots from the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble. Originally issued in edited form as Numbers 1 & 2 on a single LP, these two discs contain all the material recorded over two days in the studio. The first session was a trio date with Malachi Favors (bass, etc) and Roscoe Mitchell (saxophones, etc). A week later reed virtuoso Joseph Jarman was added to the group. These recordings were the first documentation of the quartet soon recognized as the Art Ensemble of Chicago. While repeated takes of the same thematic material can be a boring exercise, in this instance the performances all develop very differently and give insight to the workings of this well known group."

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