Re-Cre-A-Tion [In Paris, Aries 1973 album]
American Free Jazz in Paris: Black Artists Group, "Re-Cre-A-Tion" [1973, In Paris, Aries 1973 album, BAG label]. The Black Artists Group was kind of similar to the Art Ensemble of Chicago as far as their ensemble approach to Free Jazz, and their music certainly reflected the much more experimental early '70s Free Jazz and cultural zeitgeist. The group was founded in St. Louis and included the following members: Oliver Lake, Baikida Carroll, Charles Bobo Shaw, Floyd LeFlore and Joseph Bowie. After a few years of working in the States, the group traveled to Europe -- certainly more of a safe harbor for Free Jazz -- and recorded this album, In Paris, Aries 1973, live in Paris. There is a really good two-part video of Black Artists group performing live, which I recommend. This work, "Re-Cre-A-Tion," is much more overtly Free Jazz in its personality and tones than "Something To Play On," which is a bit closer to what a regular jazz listener would go for. That said, I prefer "Re-Cre-A-Tion" as a work because it just seems to follow the logic that there are no rules or mappable places to go with this music. You just have to let yourself go wherever it takes you. During the '70s, there were several French groups and bandleaders doing Free Jazz: Cossi Anatz, Jacques Coursil, Jef Gilson and François Tusques, to name a few. A number of Black jazz musicians from America -- like BAG and saxophonist Marion Brown -- sought the more receptive Free Jazz environment of late '60s and early '70s France. This is a great recording from that era. The video I referenced is the Black Artists Group live Pt. 1 (1973):