Brigitte Fontaine and the Art Ensemble of Chicago (1969)

In 1969, French avant-garde chanteuse Brigitte Fontaine played a beautifully eccentric set at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris with the radically experimental Art Ensemble of Chicago. The show, titled Comme à la radio, features Fontaine weaving her free-verse poetry through the AEOC's far out bass-driven percussive grooves and trance-inducing woodwind phrasing. Actor/musician Areski Belkacem, Fontaine's longtime collaborator, guests on hand drums. Check out the title track above! The fine folks at the excellent Superior Viaduct archival label have now reissued Comme à la radio on vinyl and CD, following up on their reissue of Fontaine's amazing 1968 debut Brigitte Fontaine Est…Folle.