Roscoe Mitchell Interview

saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell at the Pomigliano ...

Source: The New York Times.

Blending jazz improvisation, post-John Cage modernism, funk and the occasional touch of rock, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its co-founder, Roscoe Mitchell, made good on the ambition of its motto: “Great Black Music, Ancient to the Future.”

Mr. Mitchell formed that group in the wake of his involvement in the 1965 founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a pathbreaking collective of black artists known as the A.A.C.M. In 2015 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented “The Freedom Principle,” a 50th-anniversary exhibition devoted to the A.A.C.M. and its influence. The museum also hosted concerts of Mr. Mitchell’s music, which were recorded for “Bells for the South Side,” a two-disc set that will be released on Friday, June 30, by ECM Records.