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by Chris May
Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile Joseph Jarman 146 Pages ISBN: 978-1-733723-3-4 Blank Forms Editions / After : Still 2019 The welcome reappearance after over forty years of a lost treasure of the Black Arts Movement, written by the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Joseph Jarman. Black Case Volume 1 & 11: Return From Exile was self-published in 1974 and a second, revised edition was published by Art Ensemble of Chicago ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Woodwind multi-instrumentalist Joseph Jarman was one of the first musicians who became part of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). One of the goals of the Association was to create music of a high artistic level. Jarman had been doing that and he fit right in. He was in Muhal Richard Abrams' Experimental Band and had played with Malachi Favors and Roscoe Mitchell.
Jarman formed his own group in 1966, recording two albums, the second being As ...read more
by Mark Corroto
If you walk into a grove of redwood trees in Northern California you will come upon a cathedral of trees. These living/breathing beings, some nearly 300 feet tall, may have been standing there together for the last thousand or two thousand years. They have been very quietly affecting the ecology of the west since before Europeans ever saw the Pacific Ocean. Like the redwoods, members of Chicago's Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) have, sometimes quietly, often with great ...read more
by Nic Jones
As a charter member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, multi-reed player Joseph Jarman has been responsible for fashioning an entirely different approach to group improvisation from a time in the mid-1960s, when both John Coltrane and Albert Ayler were breaking with established practices. In a sense Jarman's career since has been an exercise in the refining and redefining of his underlying approach, and this disc serves notice of the distinctive place he started out from.
The music here, recorded ...read more
by Troy Collins
As If It Were The Seasons was Joseph Jarman's second album for Delmark records, following his 1966 debut, Song For. Recorded in 1968, it is a rare document of his artistry pre-Art Ensemble of Chicago. Remastered from the original analog tapes, this reissue sheds new light on a seminal free jazz classic.
The album contained two extended compositions; each one filling a side of the original vinyl release. Side one combined the title track with Song To Make ...read more
by Kurt Gottschalk
Chicago was my indoctrination. In 1990, I attended the 25th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. I was basically an avant rock fan, overly confident in my then miniscule knowledge of free music. I wish now I even knew who I saw during that weekend festival, but it was one of the few actually life-changing events to which I can point. Three years later, I moved to New York City. I made a ...read more