Malachi Favors

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Malachi Favors
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Background information
Born(1927-08-22)August 22, 1927
Lexington, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedJanuary 30, 2004(2004-01-30) (aged 76)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
Instrument(s)Double bass
Years active1950–2000

Malachi Favors (August 22, 1927 [1] – January 30, 2004) [2] was an American jazz bassist who played with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

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Biography

"Favors's tendency to dissemble about his age was a well-known source of mirth to fellow musicians of his generation". [3] Most reference works give his year of birth of 1937, but, following his death, his daughter stated that it was 1927. [4]

Favors primarily played the double bass, but also played the electric bass guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments. [5] He began playing double bass at the age of 15 and began performing professionally upon graduating from high school. [1] Early performances included work with Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. [1] By 1965, he was a founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and a member of Muhal Richard Abrams' Experimental Band. [5]

At some point he added the word "Maghostut" to his name and because of this he is commonly listed as "Malachi Favors Maghostut". [5] Musically he is most associated with bebop, hard bop, and particularly free jazz. [6]

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. [1]

Prominent records include Natural & Spiritual (solo bass, 1978) [1] and Sightsong (duets with Muhal Richard Abrams, 1975). [1] 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. [1]

Discography

As leader or co-leader

With Art Ensemble of Chicago

TitleYearLabel
Sound – Roscoe Mitchell Sextet1966 Delmark
Old/Quartet – Roscoe Mitchell1967 Nessa
Numbers 1 & 2 – Lester Bowie1967Nessa
Early Combinations – Art Ensemble1967Nessa
Congliptious – Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble1968Nessa
A Jackson in Your House 1969 Actuel
Tutankhamun 1969 Freedom
The Spiritual 1969Freedom
People in Sorrow 1969 Pathé-Marconi
Message to Our Folks 1969Actuel
Reese and the Smooth Ones 1969Actuel
Eda Wobu 1969 JMY
Certain Blacks 1970 America
Go Home 1970 Galloway
Chi-Congo 1970 Paula
Les Stances a Sophie 1970Pathé-Marconi
Live in Paris 1970Freedom
Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass 1970America
Phase One 1971America
Live at Mandell Hall 1972 Delmark
Bap-Tizum 1972 Atlantic
Fanfare for the Warriors 1973Atlantic
Kabalaba 1974 AECO
Nice Guys 1978 ECM
Live in Berlin 1979 West Wind
Full Force 1980ECM
Urban Bushmen 1980ECM
Among the People 1980Praxis
The Complete Live in Japan 1984 DIW
The Third Decade 1984ECM
Naked 1986DIW
Ancient to the Future 1987DIW
The Alternate Express 1989DIW
Art Ensemble of Soweto 1990DIW
America – South Africa 1990DIW
Thelonious Sphere Monk with Cecil Taylor 1990DIW
Dreaming of the Masters Suite 1990DIW
Live at the 6th Tokyo Music Joy with Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy1991DIW
Fundamental Destiny with Don Pullen 1991AECO
Salutes the Chicago Blues Tradition 1993AECO
Coming Home Jamaica 1996Atlantic
Urban Magic 1997AECO
Tribute to Lester 2001ECM
Reunion 2003Around Jazz
The Meeting 2003 Pi
Sirius Calling 2004Pi

As sideman

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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References

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  2. "Obituary: Malachi Favors". The Guardian . 11 February 2004. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  3. Lewis, George E. (2008). A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music . University of Chicago Press. p.  488.
  4. Carlson, Russell (February 4, 2002). "Malachi Favors Dies". JazzTimes. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  5. 1 2 3 Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 143/4. ISBN   0-85112-580-8.
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