Malachi Favors Maghostut (Wadada Leo Smith) was composed for the great late bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut (1967-2004), who was best known as one of the founding members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Favors was one of the first people with whom Wadada Leo Smith played after moving to Chicago in 1967 and the two always shared a special bond, both privately and musically. Favors was often featured in Smith´s groups with the last one being the original version of his Golden Quartet.
Malachi Favors Maghostut
He came from the ancient
Pathways, the long Mississippi River,
And through the Nile River in ceremonial Egypt.
He reached across the Far
Eastern kingdoms of
The Xia and Shang-Yin
Dynasties, The Yueh and Qiany of Afra-China.
The monarch of creative
Music had inherited his
Bass violin from his father.
It is recorded in the
Congressional history of the
Masters that his instrument
Was built with stones and
Ashes from the deep volcanic worlds of
Mt. Mauna Kea
And the celestial Mt. Olympus Mons.
Malachi standing atop
Mt. Kilimanjaro's glacial
Slope performing music.
In his solo music the melodic units were constructed with
Intervals in double octaves.
His playing is completely
The rhythmical moments
That he created were
Horizontally knitted perfectly together.
I could see him and as he played his instrument.
Glittered with light and sparkled like the stars;
As he plucks and pulls the strings,
Golden rays are dripping from his fingertips.
A magnificent music.
It uplifted my spirit with
Clear inspirational joy and
Not before Favors could we
Know such sonic beauty.
Bboom ^ tarrf-paah.
Ba de-de paah
Taoommm-din-----ti dahh te
Did you hear it?
Can you hear that music,
New Haven, Connecticut, August 27, 2015
Wadada Leo Smith
Celestial Weather (Wadada Leo Smith and John Lindberg)
is a suite comprised of five spontaneously improvised pieces named for differed weather phenomena.
Feathers and Earth (John Lindberg)
was created especially for this duo recording and was completed just a few days before the session.
John Lindberg says that this work, in two parts, serves as an honoring:
"Firstly, of what I think of as the raptor tribe - particularly vultures, eagles and hawks. These are beings I have always felt as close relatives.
Secondly, of the grand organism that supports the life of all the interconnected beings that dwell upon it.
Melodic material from an earlier work, "Ether," was culled and extrapolated for part one, presented here in an altogether different setting, one which features "steaming sonics," lending a searing and soaring quality to this musical narrative.The aim of presenting an interaction that ultimately springs with joy and hope, while simultaneously being vitally grounded, is at the core of the second part of this work, which closes the compelling journey with depth and grit."