One of the top saxophonists to come out of Chicago's
AACM movement of the mid-'60s, Roscoe Mitchell is a
particularly strong and consistently adventurous improviser
long associated with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. After
getting out of the military, Mitchell led a hard bop sextet in
Chicago (1961) which gradually became much freer.
He was a member of Muhal Richard Abrams's Experimental
Band and a founding member of the AACM in 1965.
Mitchell's monumental Sound album (1966) introduced a
new way of freely improvising, utilizing silence as well as
high energy and "little instruments" as well as conventional