Roscoe Mitchell

Before There Was Sound (NCD-34)

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Before There Was Sound

Roscoe Mitchell



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Before There Was Sound

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Never released before! Before There Was "Sound", the landmark debut album for Chicago's AACM recorded by Roscoe Mitchell for Delmark in the fall of 1966, there was a changing roster of Mitchell ensembles. The Mitchell Quartet recorded the present sessions approximately a year before "Sound" - no one remembers the exact date, only that it was probably late summer - early fall. Whatever the exact date, this album presents the earliest recordings available of the work of the AACM, probably taped shortly after the first meeting of the organization in May 1965.


  • Roscoe Mitchell (alto sax)
  • Fred Berry (trumpet, flugelhorn)
  • Malachi Favors (bass)
  • Alvin Fielder (drums)

Chicago 1965


  • 01. Mr Freddy
  • 02. Green
  • 03. Outer Space
  • 04. Carefree
  • 05. Akhenaten
  • 06. And There Was Peace
  • 07. Jo Jar
  • 08. Carefree #2