Saturday, October 7, 2006

Black Artists Group: In Paris, Aries 1973

You can download the album here. This particular album was found via the miracle of p2p. From the notes that came with the downloaded files (which by the way sound quite good - 320 kbps mp3s from vinyl):
Band : Black Artists Group
Album : In Paris, aries 1973
Year : 1973
Label : BAG
Cat # : BAG 324 000

# Title Aritst

Program 1
A1 . Echos (Bowie, Lake, Shaw, Le Flore, Carroll)
A2 . Something To Play On (Shaw)

Program 2
B1 . Re-Cre-A-Tion (Lake)
B2 . OLCSJBFLBC (Bowie, Lake, Shaw, Le Flore, Carroll)

Joseph Bowie : Trombone, Conga, Miscellaneous Instruments.

Baikida E.J. Carroll : Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Bass, Log Drum, Cowbells, Miscellaneous Instruments.

Charles W. Shaw, JR "Bobo" : Drums, Woodblocks, Gong, Miscellaneous Instruments, Stylophone. Under The Sun

Floyd Le Flore :Trumpet, Miscellaneous Instruments, Voice.

Oliver Lake : Saxophones, Flûte, Marimbas, Mud Drums, Miscellaneous Instruments.

This Music Recorded Live in memory of Kada KAHAN

A short review taken from "TOP TEN FROM THE FREE JAZZ UNDERGROUND" by Thurston Moore

The Black Artists Group was an unit not unlike that of The Art Ensemble of Chicago. Except they only recorded this one document and it only came out in France on a label named after the group. This is squeaky, spindly stuff and very OPEN and a good indication of what was happening in the early 70's with members Oliver Lake (later of the infamous World Saxophone Quartet) and Joseph Bowie (Art Ensemble's Lester Bowie's bro, later to start Defunkt).
If you like Art Ensemble of Chicago (circa the 1970s) and the Human Arts Ensemble, you'll like this recording. Needless to say, this music is hard as hell to come by.

See also: Poets of Action: The Saint Louis Black Artists' Group, 1968-1972 (Part 1-4) by Benjamin Looker to learn more about the group.

Updated 10/20/2006

DownloadIn Paris, Aries 1973.