Sunday, February 01, 2004

Sad news from Pi Records:

We have just learned of the passing of Malachi Favors. As most of you
know, Malachi was the long-time bassist for the Art Ensemble of Chicago,
for which he anchored the rhythm section for 35 years. A profoundly modest
man, Malachi, rarely drew attention to himself. Nonetheless, he was among the most
influential bassists in helping to establish that instrument’s role in "avant-garde" jazz.

We have had the pleasure of working with Malachi over the past few years,
first with Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet on “The Year of the
Elephant,” and more recently, with The Art Ensemble of Chicago on “The
Meeting” and the upcoming release “Sirius Calling.” We at Pi are honored
to have worked with Malachi. His legacy and influence will continue to
resonate on.

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