Four years ago, the jazz world mourned the sudden loss of Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter Lester Bowie, one of the genre's great innovators and a consummate showman whose infectious sense of humor made him, in the words of bassist Malachi Favors, "the most popular member of the group." Beyond his flamboyant performances, Bowie was an outspoken critic of the establishment backlash against the post-'60s avant-garde of which he was a key player. In an interview with this journalist he once called mainstream talking-head Wynton Marsalis "brain-dead" and explained how the censorship of forward-looking jazz was "an organized thing [to feed] that part of the American psyche to have people follow directions and ... not think." In both life and music, Bowie aimed to... More >>>