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Revolutionary Ensemble Returns to Disc

New records from two long-recognized groups of the jazz avant garde-the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Revolutionary Ensemble-will be out Sept. 7 and Oct. 19, respectively. Pi Recordings, which put out the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s The Meeting in 2003, will release both CDs. The Revolutionary Ensemble disc, titled And Now…, is the group’s first since an eponymous album in 1977.

Though the Art Ensemble of Chicago lost founding member Malachi Favors Maghostut (pictured) when he passed away in January, the new album, Sirius Calling, still features the late bassist as the recordings were made in April of last year. The album’s 14 tracks find the group-reedists Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman, drummer Don Moye, Maghostut-in duos, trios and as a full quartet. Most of the tracks run between three and four minutes. Here’s a track list:

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