Celebrating the AACM
Thu, 11/02/2017 - 10:44am by JonesM
The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) is an iconic collective of musicians based in Chicago. Founded in 1965 through the vision of composer Muhal Richard Abrams, they have spent over five decades pushing the boundaries of jazz and music as an art form, incorporating theatrical performance, costuming, visual art, and unusual instruments into their work. AACM members are active around the country and abroad as performers, teachers, and activists.
In honor of Muhal Richard Abrams' passing this week, here are some AACM-related books and recordings from the AADL collection.
A Power Stronger Than Itself, scholar and trombonist George Lewis' incredible and readable history of the AACM.
Urban Bushmen by the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Coming Home Jamaica by the Art Ensemble of Chicago
Sound by Roscoe Mitchell
Sonic Rivers by Wadada Leo Smith
In for a Penny, In for a Pound by Henry Threadgill