Biography

Favors primarily played the , but also played the , , , , and other instruments. He began playing at age fifteen and began performing professionally upon graduating high school. Early performances included work with and . By 1965, he was a founder of the and a member of ' Experimental Band.

At some point he added the word "Maghostut" to his name and because of this he is commonly listed as "Malachi Favors Maghostut." Musically he is most associated with , , and particularly .

Favors was a protégé of Chicago bassist . His first known recording was a 1953 session with tenor saxophonist . He made an LP with Chicago pianist (1957). He began working with in 1966; this group eventually became the . Favors also worked outside the group, with artists including , , and .

Prominent records include Natural and the Spiritual (solo bass, 1977) and (duets with Muhal Richard Abrams, 1975). In 1994 he played with (Oud) at Berlin Jazz Fest and recorded the German Critics Poll Winner album Color me Cairo.

Death and legacy

Favors died of pancreatic cancer in 2004, aged 76. Since his death, there have been several recorded tributes by fellow musicians (and especially Chicagoans), including Big M, A Tribute to Malachi by and the "Malachi Favors Suite" for unaccompanied , composed and recorded by fellow Chicago bassist .

Discography

  • Natural & The Spiritual (solo 1977) - Records

with

TitleYearLabel
- Roscoe Mitchell Sextet1966
- Roscoe Mitchell1967
- Lester Bowie1967Nessa
- Art Ensemble1967Nessa
- Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble1968Nessa
1969
1969
1969Freedom
1969
1969Actuel
1969Actuel
1969
1970
1970Galloway
1970Paula
1970Pathé-Marconi
1970Freedom
1970America
1971America
1972
1972
1973Atlantic
1974
1978
1979
1980ECM
1980ECM
1980Praxis
1984
1984ECM
1986DIW
1987DIW
1989DIW
1990DIW
1990DIW
with 1990DIW
1990DIW
with Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy1991DIW
with 1991AECO
1993AECO
1996Atlantic
1997AECO
2001ECM
2003Around Jazz
2003
2004Pi

With Hanah Jon Taylor & Vincent Davis

  • Maghostut Trio "" (, 2006)

With

  • (BYG Records, 1969)

With

  • Color Me Cairo (Enja, 1995)

With

  • (Warwick, 1960)

With

  • (Nessa Records, 1965; issued 2011)
  • (Nessa Records, 1977)
  • (Black Saint, 1986)
  • (Delmark, 1995)
  • (Dizim, 1997)

With

  • (BYG Actuel, 1969)

With Quartet

  • Liquid Magic (Silkheart, 1987)

With

  • (Southport Records, 1993)

With Kahil El'Zabar's The Ritual

  • Sacred Love (Sound Aspects, 1985)
  • Another Kind Of Groove' (Sound Aspects Records, 1986)

With Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio

  • The Ancestors Are Amongst Us (Katalyst Entertainment, 1987)
  • Alika Rising At Leverkusener Jazztage (Sound Aspects Records, 1989)
  • (Delmark, 1993)
  • (Delmark, 1994)
  • (CIMP, 1997)
  • (Delmark, 1994)
  • Conversations - Archie Shepp Meets Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio (Delmark, 1999)
  • Africa N'da Blues featuring (Delmark, 1999)

With

  • 2 x 4 (Southport Records, 1999)

With

  • (Tzadik, 2000)
  • (Tzadik, 2000)
  • (Pi Recordings, 2002)