kaleidoscopic, adj. 1. changing form, pattern, color, etc., in a manner suggesting a kaleidoscope. 2. continually shifting from one set of relations to another. E.g., the music of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell, saxophone; Joseph Jarman, saxophone; Lester Bowie, trumpet; Malachi Favors, bass; Don Moye, drums), live, Europe, 1980s
One of my all-time favorite musicians—no matter the instrument, no matter the genre—is the guy playing bass. If I’m feeling down, he lifts me up. If I’m feeling good, he makes things even better.
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How many trumpeters play so many different colors?
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Avant-garde? Their use of polyphony recalls the earliest New Orleans jazz.
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How many musicians not only roam so widely but swing so hard?
Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass, “Theme de Yoyo” (1970)