AKA Malachi Favors Maghostut
Birthplace: Lexington, MI
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic
Remains: Buried, Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, IL
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Bass player for Art Ensemble of Chicago
Malachi Favors is best known for his work with the long-enduring free jazz group the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Having taken up the upright bass at the age of 15, he turned professional right out of school, establishing his reputation through work with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. In 1965 he became a founding member of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and began playing in Muhal Richard Abrams' The Experimental Band. This led ultimately to his decades of activity in the Art Ensemble.
As with all of his Ensemble compatriots, Favors kept an active career outside of its confines. He perfomed numerous collaborations with other jazz musicians (Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, duets with Muhal Richard Abrams), recorded the solo record Natural and the Spiritual in 1977, and worked in groups such as The Ritual Trio and co-AEOC member Lester Bowie's From the Root to the Source.
Brother: James Favors
Brother: George Favors
Sister: Rosetta Rinner
Sister: Mary Golden
Sister: Nayyinah Nusaddiq
Daughter: Malba Favors Allen
Art Ensemble of Chicago
The Experimental Band
From the Root to the Source
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