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Bright Moments: Return of the Lost Tribe

From Sun Ra to the AACM and its Art Ensemble offshoot to Eight Bold Souls, Chicago has represented overtime in the avant garde jazz arena.

While its improvisational new truths are still germane, the Chicago school’s greatest strengths were the musicians’ embracement of the African traditional concept of band as family and their absolute mastery of African diaspora, American, and European musical forms.

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