Roscoe Mitchell

One of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's AACM movement of the mid-'60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a particularly strong and consistently adventurous improviser long associated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. After getting out of the military, Mitchell led a hard bop sextet in Chicago (1961) which gradually became much freer.

He was a member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental Band and a founding member of the AACM in 1965. Mitchell's monumental Sound album (1966) introduced a new way of freely improvising, utilizing silence as well as high energy and “little instruments” as well as conventional horns. Lester Bowie and Malachi Favors were on that date and Mitchell's 1967 follow-up Old/Quartet.

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Albums

Angel City
Angel City
Rogue Art
2015
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[no cover]
Conversations I
Mutable Music
2014
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Conversations II
Conversations II
Wide Hive Records
2014
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Improvisations
Improvisations
OTOrocku
2014
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Three Compositions
Three Compositions
Rogue Art
2013
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[no cover]
Duets With Tyshawn...
Mutable Music
2013
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