Tribute To Lester cover

Tribute To Lester


It’s hard to imagine making an Art Ensemble of Chicago record without its star trumpeter, Lester Bowie, but saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Malachi Favors Maghostus, and drummer Famoudou Don Moye did just that two years after his death in 1999. While one certainly feels a presence in his absence, the AEC’s chemistry as a trio makes for a stellar listening experience. Mitchell’s “Suite for Lester” is a highlight among highlights, not least of all for its shining sopranism. In the freely improvised diptych that closes out the set, we get the full gamut of Bowie’s life: robust, earthen, sincere.

Tyran Grillo

Made in Chicago cover

Made in Chicago

Jack DeJohnette, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Larry Gray
there is still time cover

there is still time

Frances-Marie Uitti, Paul Griffiths
Avenging Angel cover

Avenging Angel

Craig Taborn
Portrait d'un Glacier cover

Portrait d'un Glacier

Lionel Marchetti
African Piano cover

African Piano

Abdullah Ibrahim
Output cover


Wolfgang Dauner
Divine Love cover

Divine Love

Wadada Leo Smith
Eon cover


Richie Beirach, Frank Tusa, Jeff Williams