How dare we spend so much valuable energy answering such questions as "What is Jazz?".



Roscoe Mitchell: sopranino and alto saxophones
Famoudou Don Moye: drums, percussions
Moor Mother: spoken word
Roco Córdova: vocal (bass)
Erina Newkirk: vocal (soprano)
Nicole Mitchell: flutes, piccolo
Hugh Ragin: trumpet, flugelhorn, thai bells
Simon Sieger: trombone, tuba
Jean Cook: violin
Eddy Kwon: viola
Tomeka Reid: cello
Brett Carson: piano
Silvia Bolognesi: double bass
Junius Paul: double bass
Jaribu Shahid: double bass, bass
Dudu Kouaté: percussions
Enoch Williamson: percussions
Babu Atiba: percussions
Doussou Touré: percussions

Steed Cowart: direction

Many thanks to Fabien Simon and the whole Sons d'hiver team as well as to Paolo Locatelli and Akamu.
Many thanks also to Eric Bisceglia and Nana Oyamada for providing Jacques Bisceglia’s photos.

Also available as double CD


Side A
Leola (9:59)
Introduction to Cards (7:34)
Cards (2:03)
Improvisation One (3:56)

Side B
Ritual "Great Black Music" (3:01)
Kumpa / Stormy Weather (5:49)
New Coming (5:50)
Jigiba / I Feel Like Dancing (4:17)
Bulawayo Korokokoko (3:10)

Side C
We Are on the Edge (7:43)
Variations and Sketches from the Bamboo Terrace (9:19)
I Greet you with Open Arms (7:34)

Side D
Funky AECO (7:20 ) Play Improvisation Two (12:56)

Roscoe Mitchell (Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co/ASCAP): A-1, A-2, A-3, C-2
Roscoe Mitchell / Donald Moye (Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co/ASCAP): A-4, B3, B4, B-6, C-1, C-3, D-2
Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors, Donald Moye (Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co/ASCAP): D-1
Mohamadou Kouaté aka Dudu? Kouaté (Art Ensemble of Chicago Publishing Co/ASCAP): B-1, B-2
Traditional: B-5, B-7
All text by Camae Dennis aka Moor Mother (B-3, B-4, B-6, C-1, C-3)

Recorded live by Olivier Gascoin on February 7th 2020 at Maison des Arts de Cre?teil, Cre?teil, France, as part of Festival Sons d’hiver
Mastering: Griffin Rodriguez
Liner notes: Paul Steinbeck and Ludovic Florin
Photos: Michel Robert, Jacques Bisceglia
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon
Produced by

The sleeves of the two LPs contain photos of Jacques Bisceglia of the early days of Art Ensemble of Chicago in Paris