Second of the Art Ensemble’s renowned trio of albums for BYG/Actuel, Message to Our Folks is a masterclass of improvisation, inspired by but also transcending established black music genres.

Recorded at Studio Saravah August 1969 in Paris, the title referred to African American audiences back home, who would recognise many of the gospel, funk, bebop and even rock influences the Art Ensemble draw upon here. Typically their interpretations prove radically different as this pivotal group’s freedom-loving approach brings fire and imagination to the mix.

Although they’d evolved out of the collision of free jazz, radical theatre and Black Nationalism in the US during the late 60s, the band really came into their own after relocating to Paris. The enthusiastic welcome they were given by French audiences revitalised them and inspired many unforgettable performances and recordings, including this classic Message to Our Folks.

TRACK LIST LP

SIDE A

  1. Old Time Religion 
  2. Dexterity
  3. Rock Out

SIDE B

  1. A Brain For The Seine

TRACK LIST CD

  1. Old Time Religion 
  2. Dexterity
  3. Rock Out
  4. A Brain For The Seine

 

MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS

MESSAGE TO OUR FOLKS

Art Ensemble of Chicago

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LP Information

- 180-gram vinyl LP
- Restored & remastered from the original tapes
- Insert featuring new & insightful essay by author & music journalist John Masouri
- LP original gatefold sleeve & artwork faithfully reproduced with classy matte laminate varnish

(Note that each marble vinyl is unique, therefore the record you will receive will look different to our product mock up)

CD Information

- CD gatefold digi-sleeve echoes the vibe of the original LP & includes a 16-page booklet + an inner printed wallet
- New & insightful essay by author & music journalist John Masouri

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Second of the Art Ensemble’s renowned trio of albums for BYG/Actuel, Message to Our Folks is a masterclass of improvisation, inspired by but also transcending established black music genres.

Recorded at Studio Saravah August 1969 in Paris, the title referred to African American audiences back home, who would recognise many of the gospel, funk, bebop and even rock influences the Art Ensemble draw upon here. Typically their interpretations prove radically different as this pivotal group’s freedom-loving approach brings fire and imagination to the mix.

Although they’d evolved out of the collision of free jazz, radical theatre and Black Nationalism in the US during the late 60s, the band really came into their own after relocating to Paris. The enthusiastic welcome they were given by French audiences revitalised them and inspired many unforgettable performances and recordings, including this classic Message to Our Folks.

TRACK LIST LP

SIDE A

  1. Old Time Religion 
  2. Dexterity
  3. Rock Out

SIDE B

  1. A Brain For The Seine

TRACK LIST CD

  1. Old Time Religion 
  2. Dexterity
  3. Rock Out
  4. A Brain For The Seine

 

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