born on 22/8/1937 in Lexington, MS, United States
died on 30/1/2004 in Chicago, IL, United States
Malachi Favors (born August 22, 1927, Lexington, Mississippi died January 30, 2004, Chicago, Illinois) was a noted American jazz bassist best known for his work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Favors primarily played the double bass, but also played the electric bass guitar, banjo, zither, gong, and other instruments. He began playing double bass at age fifteen and began performing professionally upon graduating high school. Early performances included work with Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. By 1965, he was a founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and a member of Muhal Richard Abrams' Experimental Band.
At some point he added the word "Maghostut" to his name and because of this he is commonly listed as "Malachi Favors Maghostut." Musically he is most associated with bebop, hard bop, and particularly free jazz.
Favors was a protégé of Chicago bassist Wilbur Ware. His first known recording was a 1953 session with tenor saxophonist Paul Bascomb. He made an LP with Chicago pianist Andrew Hill (1957). He began working with Roscoe Mitchell in 1966; this group eventually became the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Favors also worked outside the group, with artists including Sunny Murrary, Archie Shepp, and Dewey Redman.
Prominent records include Natural and the Spiritual (solo bass, 1977) and Sightsong (duets with Muhal Richard Abrams, 1975). In 1994 he played with Roman Bunka (Oud) at Berlin Jazz Fest and recorded the German Critics Poll Winner album Color me Cairo.
Death & legacy
Favors died of pancreatic cancer in 2004, aged 76. Since his death, there have been several recorded tributes by fellow musicians (and especially Chicagoans), including Big M, A Tribute to Malachi by Kahil El'Zabar and the "Malachi Favors Suite" for unaccompanied double bass, composed and recorded by fellow Chicago bassist Karl E. H. Seigfried.
with Art Ensemble of Chicago
|Sound - Roscoe Mitchell Sextet||1966||Delmark|
|Old/Quartet - Roscoe Mitchell||1967||Nessa|
|Numbers 1 & 2 - Lester Bowie||1967||Nessa|
|Congliptious - Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble||1968||Nessa|
|A Jackson in Your House||1969||Actuel|
|People in Sorrow||1969||Pathé-Marconi|
|Message to Our Folks||1969||Actuel|
|Reese and the Smooth Ones||1969||Actuel|
|Les Stances a Sophie||1970||Pathé-Marconi|
|Live in Paris||1970||Freedom|
|Art Ensemble of Chicago with Fontella Bass||1970||America|
|Live at Mandell Hall||1972||Delmark|
|Fanfare for the Warriors||1973||Atlantic|
|Live in Berlin||1979||West Wind|
|Among the People||1980||Praxis|
|The Complete Live in Japan||1984||DIW|
|The Third Decade||1984||ECM|
|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|
|Tribute to Lester||2001||ECM|
With Hanah Jon Taylor & Vincent Davis
With Roman Bunka
- Color Me Cairo (Enja, 1995)
With Andrew Hill
- So In Love (Warwick, 1960)
With Roscoe Mitchell
- The Flow of Things (Black Saint, 1986)
With Dewey Redman
- Tarik (BYG Actuel, 1969)