|Born||August 22, 1927|
Lexington, Mississippi, U.S.
|Died||January 30, 2004 76) (aged|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Malachi Favors (August 22, 1927– January 30, 2004) was an American jazz bassist who played with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
"Favors's tendency to dissemble about his age was a well-known source of mirth to fellow musicians of his generation".Most reference works give his year of birth of 1937, but, following his death, his daughter stated that it was 1927.
Favors primarily played the double bass, but also played the electric bass guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments.He began playing double bass at the age of 15 and began performing professionally upon graduating from high school. Early performances included work with Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. By 1965, he was a founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and a member of Muhal Richard Abrams' Experimental Band.
At some point he added the word "Maghostut" to his name and because of this he is commonly listed as "Malachi Favors Maghostut".Musically he is most associated with bebop, hard bop, and particularly free jazz.
Favors was a protégé of Chicago bassist Wilbur Ware. His first known recording was a 1953 session with tenor saxophonist Paul Bascomb. He made an LP with Chicago pianist Andrew Hill (1957). Favors began working with Roscoe Mitchell in 1966; this group eventually became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Favors also worked outside the group, with artists including Sunny Murray, Archie Shepp, and Dewey Redman.
Prominent records include Natural & Spiritual (solo bass, 1978)and Sightsong (duets with Muhal Richard Abrams, 1975). In 1994 he played with Roman Bunka (Oud) at Berlin Jazz Fest and recorded the 'German Critics Poll Winner' album, Color Me Cairo.
Favors died from pancreatic cancer in January 2004, at the age of 76.
|Sound – Roscoe Mitchell Sextet||1966||Delmark|
|Old/Quartet – Roscoe Mitchell||1967||Nessa|
|Numbers 1 & 2 – Lester Bowie||1967||Nessa|
|Early Combinations – Art Ensemble||1967||Nessa|
|Congliptious – Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble||1968||Nessa|
|A Jackson in Your House||1969||Actuel|
|People in Sorrow||1969||Pathé-Marconi|
|Message to Our Folks||1969||Actuel|
|Reese and the Smooth Ones||1969||Actuel|
|Les Stances a Sophie||1970||Pathé-Marconi|
|Live in Paris||1970||Freedom|
|Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass||1970||America|
|Live at Mandell Hall||1972||Delmark|
|Fanfare for the Warriors||1973||Atlantic|
|Live in Berlin||1979||West Wind|
|Among the People||1980||Praxis|
|The Complete Live in Japan||1984||DIW|
|The Third Decade||1984||ECM|
|Ancient to the Future||1987||DIW|
|The Alternate Express||1989||DIW|
|Art Ensemble of Soweto||1990||DIW|
|America – South Africa||1990||DIW|
|Thelonious Sphere Monk with Cecil Taylor||1990||DIW|
|Dreaming of the Masters Suite||1990||DIW|
|Live at the 6th Tokyo Music Joy with Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy||1991||DIW|
|Fundamental Destiny with Don Pullen||1991||AECO|
|Salutes the Chicago Blues Tradition||1993||AECO|
|Coming Home Jamaica||1996||Atlantic|
|Tribute to Lester||2001||ECM|
With Ahmed Abdullah
With Fred Anderson
With Charles Brackeen
With Bright Moments: Joseph Jarman, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Kahil El'Zabar and Adegoke Steve Colson
With Roman Bunka
With Kahil El'Zabar
With Dennis González
With Andrew Hill
With Maurice McIntyre
With Roscoe Mitchell
With Sunny Murray
With Dewey Redman
With Archie Shepp
With Alan Silva
With Wadada Leo Smith
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Message to Our Folks is a 1969 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris for the French BYG Actuel label. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors Maghostut.
Reese and the Smooth Ones is a 1969 album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris for the French BYG Actuel label. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell and Malachi Favors Maghostut.
Live in Paris is a double live album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Paris and first released on the BYG Actuel label in Japan as two separate volumes in 1974. It was issued on CD by Charly Records under the title 'Live In Paris' presumably to avoid confusion with the Delmark 'Live At Delmark Hall' album, and then later issued in the US, with the same artwork and design, by Fuel 2000 Records in the US. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Fontella Bass and Don Moye. Despite reissues identifying it as "Live In Paris" and claiming a date of 5 October 1969, it was actually a radio broadcast from performances in Chateauvailon on 13 August 1970.
Yasmina, a Black Woman is a jazz album by Archie Shepp, recorded in 1969 in Paris for BYG Actuel. It features musicians from the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The first track, giving its title to the album, is a long free jazz piece by an 11-piece orchestra; in it, the references to Africa that Shepp had experimented with only a few weeks earlier in Algiers are to be found in the use of African percussion instruments, or the African incantations sung by Shepp himself at the beginning of the track. The other two pieces, a homage to Sonny Rollins written by trombonist Grachan Moncur III and a standard, played by a more traditional quintet and quartet respectively, are more reminiscent of the hard bop genre, although the fiery playing of the musicians, notably Shepp himself, gives them a definite avant-garde edge. It was originally issued on CD by Affinity, mastered from an incredibly noisy vinyl source and later reissued by Charly from the original master tapes.
Kabalaba is a live album by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1974 and released on their AECO label in 1978. It features performances by Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut, and Don Moye along with Muhal Richard Abrams.
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is an American jazz ensemble founded in 1973 by percussionist Kahil El'Zabar. Its members have included Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Joseph Bowie, Ernest Dawkins, Light Henry Huff, Edward Wilkerson, Hanah Jon Taylor, and 'Atu' Harold Murray.
Big Cliff is an album by American jazz percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and his Ritual Trio, which also includes saxophonist Ari Brown and bassist Malachi Favors, and the guest appearance of violinist Billy Bang. It was recorded live in 1994 at the Chicago Undergroung Fest and released on Delmark.
Conversations is an album by saxophonist Archie Shepp with Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, which also includes Ari Brown and Malachi Favors, which was recorded in 1999 and released on the Delmark label.
Live at the River East Art Center is a live album by Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, with special guest violinist Billy Bang, that was recorded in Chicago in 2004 and released on the Delmark label.
Big M: A Tribute to Malachi Favors is an album by Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, featuring violinist Billy Bang, that was recorded in Chicago in late 2004 and released on the Delmark label.
Sunshine is an album by American free jazz drummer Sunny Murray, his third as a leader. It was recorded in Paris in August 1969, and released on the BYG Actuel label later that year. On the album, Murray is joined by Arthur Jones and Roscoe Mitchell on alto saxophone, Archie Shepp and Kenneth Terroade on tenor saxophone, Lester Bowie on trumpet, Dave Burrell on piano, and Malachi Favors and Alan Silva on bass.
Homage to Africa is an album by American free jazz drummer Sunny Murray. It was recorded in Paris in August 1969, and released on the BYG Actuel label in 1970. On the album, Murray is joined by saxophonists Roscoe Mitchell, Archie Shepp and Kenneth Terroade, trumpeter Lester Bowie, cornetist Clifford Thornton, trombonist Grachan Moncur III, vocalist Jeanne Lee, pianist Dave Burrell, bassist Alan Silva, and percussionists Malachi Favors, Earl Freeman, and Arthur Jones.