This is a book on the Art Ensemble Of Chicago -- put together by Lincoln T Beauchamp, aka Chicago Beau. The book's a selection of essays and writings on the group and their music -- done by members and associates, most of whom you'd recognize from recordings. Writings include "Races Places Faces & Asses" by Hartmut Geerken, "Odwalla" by Joseph Jarman, "Venting For Don, Luba, Ari, & Ken" by Chicago Beau, "Full Force: Ancient To The Future" by Kalamu Ya Salaam, "Reflections On Paris: The Early Days Of The Art Ensemble" by Chicago Beau, and assorted interviews with members of the group. But even best of all, the book's filled with loads of vintage photos -- all in black and white, and capturing the group at some of their best moments! The whole thing's nice and large, oversized and hardcover, about 100 pages. It is available for $50 at the AECO Store and sometimes at Dusty Groove for $39.99
Lincoln T gives an overview of the book:
About Lincoln T
Lincoln T 'Chicago Beau' Beauchamp was born on the south-side of Chicago on 13 February 1949, into a house of music. The recordings of Dinah Washington, Coleman Hawkins, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and others inundated his...