Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Tutankhamun (expanded / remastered)
One of the early, heavily 'little instruments' classics of the AEC; during this period of the band, when playing in Europe in 1969, the group was using more than 500 instruments!
Tutankhamun was recorded June 26, 1969 in Paris originally recorded for the Freedom label and features Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors.
"This album is completely amazing and definitely under-appreciated (the liner notes completely miss the boat). Three horn players and a bassist with an arsenal of sound makers. The completely improvised nature of these pieces make me long to have been able to sit in the same room with these guys, breathing in the same warm air (and whatever else they were inhaleing!), and watching the spontaneous sound portraits take shape. They start off with a deranged dada poem and go into a beautiful section with bowed bass, flute, and lots of little instruments. The second piece is anchored by an excellent walking bass line with more great percussive coloring and brilliant horn work. To me those first two pieces are essential Art Ensemble and pretty much essential listening for every human. The last two short pieces are more abstract and are more about the testing the sonic possibilities of their instruments."