Roscoe Mitchell, freely...

The great free jazz saxophonist signs a demanding and impressive work ...

By David Servant | Video of the Day | July 10, 2017

Roscoe Mitchell is a major figure of Chicago's avant-garde jazz scene. Founder member of the influential Art Ensemble Of Chicago and of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians), this most committed of saxophonists has never stopped exploring and re-thinking the place of jazz in the history of Black music, or in the history of the African-American people.

Invited by the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art to create an original work for the exhibition The Freedom Principle : Experiments In Art And Music, 1965 To Now, which celebrated the musical and artistic orientations put into action by the AACM in the South Side of Chicago, here he records the path of a demanding, but exciting adventure. With Bells For The South Side, Roscoe Mitchell brings together, for the first time, musicians from his four trios: James Fei and William Winant, Hugh Ragin and Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn and Kikanju Baku, Jaribu Shahid and Tani Tabbal.

Now 76, the saxophonist has released a work which is not for everyone. An ode to liberty that lasts over two hours, anything but rehearsed, and which gives up its secrets when we take the time to appreciate its density.

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