I’m really happy that Barbara Golden and I could collaborate on this show, and re-publish her fascinating interview with Roscoe Mitchell, the saxophonist, composer, and leading light of the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Barbara interviewed Roscoe, who teaches now at Mills College in Oakland, for her once-a-month 3-hour radio show on KPFA-FM in Berkeley, “Crack O’Dawn” . The full show, originally broadcast on April 3, 2015, includes a slightly longer cut of the interview, as well as two and a half hours of Roscoe’s music. It has unfortunately disappeared from the KPFA Archives –they purge them every month or so – but has been salvaged, thanks to Barb’s friend Perrin Meyer, and we thank him for making it available in full on his website at this link:
I also want to thank Wendy Nelson for recording the original interview at Mills College.
For the full word on Roscoe, the Art Ensemble and the entire history of the AACM, there is one indispensible source: George Lewis’s exhaustive history, A Power Stronger Than Itself, 728 pages (!), published by the University of Chicago Press.
Musical samples from the podcast were taken from the following list, which is the full playlist of music played in Barb’s original KPFA show, with the addition of “Full Fontal Saxophone” from Roscoe’s 1997 CD on Delmark Sound Songs.
Barbara Golden’s “Crack o’ Dawn” KPFA Berkeley April 3 2015 The Music of Roscoe Mitchell
SOLO CONCERT: Nonaah (1.20) Tutankamen 7.00) Katalyst 1973-74
ROSCOE MITCHELL DUETS w TYSHAWN SOREY AND HUGH RAGIN
The Horn (R. M. solo) (2.03) Wide Hive 2012
CONVERSATIONS II W CRAIG TABORN & KIKANJU BAKU:
Frenzy House (8.03) Chipper and Bing (10.28) Wide Hive 2013
SPECTRUM: MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS & ROSCOE MITCHELL:
Romu (11.51) Mutable 2009
CONGLIPTIOUS: THE ROSCOE MITCHELL ART ENSEMBLE:
W. LESTER BOWIE, MALACHI FAVORS, ROBERT CROWDER
Carefree-take 1 (3.05) Carefree-take 2 (3.05) nessa records 1967-68
VOICE PRINTS: YUSEF LATEEF, ROSCOE MITCHELL, DOUGLAS R EWART,
ADAM RUDOLPH: Harper’s Ferry (5.14) Morning Moves (2.53)
ARAWAK, META, YAL, AEC 2008
ROSCOE MITCHELL COMPOSITION/IMPROVISATION NOS. 1, 2 & 3.
THE TRANSATLANTIC ART ENSEMBLE: ROSCOE MITCHELL, EVAN PARKER,
ANDERS SVANOE, COREY WILKES, JOHN RANGECROFT, NEIL METCALFE, NILS
BULTMANN, PHILIPP WACHSMANN, MARCIO MATTOS, CRAIG TABORN, JARIBU
SHAHID, BARRY GUY, TANI TABBAL, PAUL LYTTON.
I (13.36) II 4.07) ECM 2004
NONAAH ROSCOE MITCHELL WITH MUHAL RICHARD ABRAMS, GEORGE LEWIS:
Tahquemenon (5.47) nessa records 1977
CONTACT: ROSCOE MITCHELL, DAVID WESSEL: Schreeds (17:56) RogueArt 2002
ART ENSEMBLE EARLY COMBINATIONS:ROSCOE MITCHELL, JOSEPH JARMAN,
LESTER BOWIE, MALACHI FAVORS, CHARLES CLARK, THURMAN BARKER:
A To Ericka 21:39 AEC 1967/nessa 2012.