The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Fanfare for the Warriors (1973)

Fanfare for the Warriors

Track list:

01. Illistrum
02. Barnyard Scuffel Shuffle
03. Nonaah
04. Fanfare for the Warriors
05. What’s to Say
06. Tnoona
07. The Key


Lester Bowie – trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion instruments
Malachi Favors Maghostut – bass, percussion instruments, vocals
Joseph Jarman – saxophones, clarinets, percussion instruments, poem recitation (1)
Roscoe Mitchell – saxophones, clarinets, flute, percussion instruments
Don Moye – drums, percussion
Muhal Richard Abrams – piano

Recorded: at Paragon Studios, Chicago, IL., September 6–8, 1973
Released: April 8, 1974
Label: Atlantic – SD 1651

Producer: Michael Cuscuna
Engineer: Christian Sabold

Mastered at Mtx Mastering Studio, St-Légier, Switzerland

Cover Illustration: Christian Piper
Design: Basil Pao


The compositions on this 1973 studio recording demonstrate some of the individual directions that its members brought to the Art Ensemble.

Lester Bowie’s “Barnyard Scuffel Shuffle” suggests a key source in the music of Charles Mingus with a kinetic mix of swing, R&B, bop, and free-jazz elements, with Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell providing great honking tenors.

“Nonaah” is an intriguing early performance of a permutational composition that Mitchell has continued to recast to the present.

Jarman’s title piece is a driving free-jazz anthem, highlighted by the composer’s blazing alto solo.

Muhal Richard Abrams, a crucial early mentor, is added to the Ensemble for much of the date.

His piano is a striking complement to the group, thoughtfully expanding the music’s harmonic languages.
~Stuart Broomer[allmusic]