Art Ensemble of Chicago

Genres: Jazz
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Founded in 1968 by trumpeter Lester Bowie (11 October 1941, Frederick, Maryland, USA, d. 9 November 1999, New York, USA), saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell (b. 3 August 1940, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Joseph Jarman (b. 14 September 1937, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA) and bass player Malachi Favors (b. 22 August 1927, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 30 January 2004, Chicago, Illinois, USA), the AEC grew out of a number of projects connected with the AACM. Most directly it evolved from the Roscoe Mitchell Quartet. Mitchell has said: ‘It was my band, but I couldn’t afford to pay those guys what they deserved, so everybody was shouldering an equal amount of responsibility. We became a co-operative unit in order to remain committed to one another and in order to survive.’ In the early days there was no regular drummer, and each member of the AEC would double on percussion. In 1969, after trying out various candidates, including William Howell and Phillip Wilson, the...

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