Art Ensemble of Chicaco gets funky live on stage

Music lovers shoul watch this video of the Art Ensemble of Chicago performing a funky tune live on stage. This is pure music and pure art, not as the songs performed on major television and channels like the one from our recent post on the pop singer Albert Hammond. When the Art Ensemble of Chicage performed, there usually were only a few people in the audience and that doesn’t mean that they are performing bad music. All the contrary: as this music is really original and doesn’t fit into simple boxes, the entertainment business people do not promote it.
This kind of music requires a person to listen so that he/she can turn on his/her imagination, not as in the pop songs where people are required to turn off their brain and just follow the easy melody and very basic rhythm while listening to stupid lyrics.
In change, the musicians presented here in this video are performing an excellent example of interaction and communication between the instruments. I specially like the drummer, he establishes a cool and funky groove. His name is Fomoudu Don Moye and he studied percussion at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. All the musicians of the Art Ensemble of Chicaco have received a formal education in music, so please don’t post your comments regarding lack of musicianship of these cats. One thing is to fool around because you can’t really play your instrument and another thin is to learn to play your instrument and then playing it as you desire it to sound. That’s freedom, one of the main characteristics of art.
If you are interested in more video clips with the Art Ensemble of Chicago performing and a documentary video, you might want to visit http://www.fiesta-musical.com.

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Anthony Braxton at the Woodstock Jazz Festival – Impressions

In this video Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Miroslav Vitous and Chic Corea are performing the John Coltrane song Impressions. The video clip also shows a little conversation of cats backstage. Anthony Braxton plays the alto saxophone on this tune and the clip shows his great improvisation while the felow musicians are cooking hot. The saxophone blowing here is not the traditional bebop style, instead extremely high notes beyond the ‘normal’ range of the alto sax are played with a very intense attack and blowing are mixed with ultra-fast runs through the scales. Also watch Jack DeJohnette constantly giving impulse to the performance.
Woodstock is best known for the legendary Rock Music Festival in the hippie era when Jimi Hendrix was performing the Star Spangled Banner with guitar allusions to falling bombs and explosions and Carlos Santana was playing latin rock befor the largest audience a rock festival had ever joined. However, this recording is from around 1991 when Woodstock already was a festival for jazz music… seems like the place keeps attracting some the most important musicians of the time, no matter if they are rockers or jazz cats …

John Coltrane – All Times Tenor Saxophone Master