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The Art Ensemble of Chicago is an avant-garde jazz ensemble that grew out of Chicago's AACM in the late 1960s. The group continues to tour and record through 2006, despite the deaths of two of the founding members.

The Art Ensemble is notable for its integration of musical styles spanning jazz's entire history and for their multi-instrumentalism, especially the use of what they termed “little instruments” in addition to the traditional jazz lineup; “little instruments” can include bicycle horns, bells, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and a vast array of percussion instruments (including found objects). The group also uses costumes and face paint in performance. These characteristics combine to make the ensemble's performances as much a visual spectacle as an aural one, with each musician playing from behind a large array of drums, bells, gongs, and other instruments. When playing in Europe in 1969, the group were using more than 500 instruments. [1] Contents...
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Featured recording “Les Stances A Sophie”

Les Stances A Sophie

Soul Jazz Records
2008
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    Les Stances A Sophie

    Soul Jazz Records
    2008
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    Chi-Congo

    Fuel 2000 Records
    2006
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    Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City: Live at Iridium

    Pi Recordings
    2006
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    Kabalaba

    AECO
    2004
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    Sirius Calling

    Pi Recordings
    2004
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    The Meeting

    Pi Recordings
    2003
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    Tribute to Lester

    ECM Records
    2003
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