Roscoe Mitchell is a native Chicagoan and jazz musician who was a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago (I’ll get to them in a later post). A buddy of mine turned me on to this and I was drawn in pretty quickly.
Back when I was in college, when stuff like this would come on WNUR or WZRD, we would all joke that while this stuff is cool to play, it’s hard to listen to. I no longer agree with my 19 year old self and as a 40 something weirdo, I’ve grown to appreciate the more abstract. While it doesn’t sound particularly musical on the surface, there’s a lot going on here, so get comfortable and give it a spin.