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Art Ensemble Of Chicago‎ - Les Stances A Sophie

  • Art Ensemble Of Chicago‎

    Les Stances A Sophie LP (1970)

    Pathé ‎

Considered golden-age Art Ensemble of Chicago just as they relocated to Paris,  Les Stances A Sophie was recorded with intentions to be used as a soundtrack to the French film.  Perhaps this is why the album is so palatable to a listener who doesn't gravitate towards free jazz.  The album has a captivating, moody vibe that has made it one of the most acclaimed jazz soundtracks of its time.

For fans of jazz funk & soul, it contains the killer cut "Theme de Yoyo,"  which will both excite and frighten a dance floor at the same time.  It features a magical vocal performance by Fontella Bass and a groove that will be branded in your brain forever making it a favorite for hip hop and dance music producers.  The wacky oddball lyrics and collapsing horn section ruin any attempt at being a radio hit.  


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