BIOGRAPHY:

Roscoe Mitchell

is an African-American composer, jazz instrumentalist and educator

born August 3, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois

mostly known for being “a technically superb – if idiosyncratic – saxophonist.”The Penguin Guide to Jazz described him as “one of the key figures” in avant-garde jazz; All About Jazz states that he has been “at the forefront of modern music” for the past 35 years

Involved in György Szabados "Body of Work":

Member of

GSDA1996F1996, October 7, recording of CD: “Revelation / Jelenés (György Szabados & Roscoe Mitchell)“, released 1998

LIST OF WORKS:

Discography

with Art Ensemble of Chicago

Title   Year   Label
Sound – Roscoe Mitchell Sextet   1966   Delmark
Old/Quartet – Roscoe Mitchell   1967   Nessa
Numbers 1 & 2 – Lester Bowie   1967   Nessa
Early Combinations – Art Ensemble   1967   Nessa
Congliptious – Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble   1968   Nessa
A Jackson in Your House   1969   Actuel
Tutankhamun   1969   Freedom
The Spiritual   1969   Freedom
People in Sorrow   1969   Pathé-Marconi
Message to Our Folks   1969   Actuel
Reese and the Smooth Ones   1969   Actuel
Eda Wobu   1969   JMY
Certain Blacks   1970   America
Go Home   1970   Galloway
Chi-Congo   1970   Paula
Les Stances a Sophie   1970   Pathé-Marconi
Live in Paris   1970   Freedom
Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass   1970   America
Phase One   1971   America
Live at Mandell Hall   1972   Delmark
Bap-Tizum   1972   Atlantic
Fanfare for the Warriors   1973   Atlantic
Kabalaba   1974   AECO
Nice Guys   1978   ECM
Live in Berlin   1979   West Wind
Full Force   1980   ECM
Urban Bushmen   1980   ECM
Among the People   1980   Praxis
The Complete Live in Japan   1984   DIW
The Third Decade   1984   ECM
Naked   1986   DIW
Ancient to the Future   1987   DIW
The Alternate Express   1989   DIW
Art Ensemble of Soweto   1990   DIW
America – South Africa   1990   DIW
Thelonious Sphere Monk with Cecil Taylor   1990   DIW
Dreaming of the Masters Suite   1990   DIW
Live at the 6th Tokyo Music Joy with Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy   1991   DIW
Fundamental Destiny with Don Pullen   1991   AECO
Salutes the Chicago Blues Tradition   1993   AECO
Coming Home Jamaica   1996   Atlantic
Urban Magic   1997   Musica Jazz
Tribute to Lester   2001   ECM
Reunion   2003   Around Jazz
The Meeting   2003   Pi Recordings
Sirius Calling   2004   Pi Recordings
Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City   2006   Pi Recordings

Solo works and other ensembles

1965 Before There Was Sound — Nessa (issued 2011)

1974 Solo Saxophone Concerts — Sackville

1976 Roscoe Mitchell Quartet — Sackville

1976 Nonaah — Nessa

1977 Duets with Anthony Braxton — Sackville

1978 L-R-G / The Maze / S II Examples – Nessa

1979 Sketches From Bamboo — Moers

1981 Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin’ Shoes — Nessa

1981 3 x 4 EyeBlack Saint

1981 More Cutouts — Cecma

1983 Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound and Space Ensembles — Black Saint

1984 An Interesting Breakfast Conversation — 1750 Arch

1986 The Flow of Things — Black Saint

1986 Live at the Muhle Hunziken — Cecma Records

1987 Live at the Knitting Factory — Black Saint

1987 Four Compositions — Lovely Music

1988 Live in Detroit — Cecma

1991 Songs in the Wind — Victo Records

1992 After Fallen LeavesSilkheart Records

1993 Duets & Solos — Black Saint

1993 This Dance Is for Steve McCall — Black Saint

1995 Hey Donald — Delmark

1995 First Meeting — Knitting Factory

1995 Pilgrimage — Lovely Music

1997 Sound Songs — Delmark

1997 Day and the Night — Dizim

1999 Nine to Get ReadyECM

1999 In Walked Buckner — Delmark

2001 8 O’Clock: Two Improvisations — Mutable Music

2002 Song for My Sister — Pi Recordings

2003 The Bad Guys — Around Jazz

2004 Solo 3 — Mutable

2005 First Look, Chicago Duos — Southport

2005 Turn — RogueArt

2006 No Side Effects — RogueArt

2007 Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 with Evan Parker (ECM)

2009 The Solo Concert – AECO [composed of solo performances from many concerts performed in the 1970s.]

2009 ContactRogueArt Roscoe Mitchell & David Wessel

2010 Spectrum – Mutablemusic

2010 Far Side – with The Note Factory (ECM)

2011 NumbersRogueArt

2012 Three Compositions – with Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble (Rogueart)

2013 Duets with Tyshawn Sorey and Special Guest Hugh Ragin

2013 Improvisations (Oto) – with Tony Marsh and John Edwards

2014 Conversations I & II (Wide Hive) – with Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku

2014 Angel City (RogueArt) – Roscoe Mitchell Trio with James Fei & William Winant

As sideman

With Anthony Braxton

Creative Orchestra Music 1976 (Arista, 1976)

For Trio (Arista, 1978)

With Matthew Shipp

2-Z (2.13.61, 1996)

With Evan Parker

Boustrophedon (ECM, 2004)

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