John McCowen has made a career of transforming the contrabass clarinet into an instrument all his own. Born in Carbondale and now based in Reykjavik, Iceland, the composer got involved with music as a hardcore vocalist in the mid-2000s, then spent several years playing saxophone and flute with stoner outfit Tweak Bird before turning his […]
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The Secret History of Chicago Music: Malachi Favors
Avant-garde jazz bassist Malachi Favors anchored the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago for nearly 40 years.