Other Minds Special Programs ➔ Other Minds Presents: Lester Bowie Tribute Concert, 5 of 11

Digital Audio

Event Type
Other Minds
Program Series
Other Minds Presents
Program Length
139 min
5 of 11
| broadcast
| 2009-10-09 | created
Lester Bowie was best known as co-founder and leader of the Art Ensemble of Chicago from 1968 until his passing in 1999. This tribute concert, a benefit for Jazz In Flight, was organized by Sukari Ivester (Bowie's daughter) with added assistance from Other Minds. The concert brought to San Francisco, Art Ensemble members Roscoe Mitchell (reeds), Famadou Don Moye (percussion), and special guests Corey Wilkes (trumpet), James Carter (saxophones), Frank Lacy (trombone), Jon Jang (piano), and Peter Barshay (bass). These stellar musicians paid homage to Bowie, whom The Village Voice declared "the wiliest jazz provocateur of his generation,” by performing a selection of free-jazz improvisations, as well as a number of songs written or recorded by Lester Bowie. Ranging from the New Orleans jazz infused “When the Spirit Returns,” to the bluesy “G Minor,” and the more abstract avant-garde improvisations of Roscoe Mitchell, Frank Lacy, and the others, this concert brings the full throttled sound and amazing innovation of Bowie’s genius to the stage one more time. Introductions and some background information is provided by Greg Bridges and James Carter.
Free improvisation