Tribute to Lester

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Tribute to Lester
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Studio album by Art Ensemble of Chicago
Released August 26, 2003
Recorded September 2001
Genre Jazz
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Art Ensemble of Chicago chronology
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Tribute to Lester

Tribute to Lester is an album recorded in 2001 by the Art Ensemble of Chicago and released on ECM in 2003, their first release on the label since The Third Decade (1984). It features performances by Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Favors Maghostut and Don Moye.[1] The album was recorded following Joseph Jarman's temporary retirement from the group and the death of founding member Lester Bowie to whom it is dedicated.


The Allmusic review by Richard S. Ginell awarded the album 4 stars noting that "the group receives probably the most stunning, precisely etched recorded sound of its existence. Yet despite the retrospective nature of some of the selections, there is no overt nostalgia or compromise in the AEC's aesthetic stance, probably figuring that Bowie would have wanted it that way".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sangaredi" (Moye) - 7:42
  2. "Suite for Lester" (Mitchell) - 5:24
  3. "Zero/Alternate Line" (Bowie, Mitchell) - 9:16
  4. "Tutankhamun" (Favors) - 8:10
  5. "As Clear as the Sun" (Favors, Mitchell, Moye) - 12:41
  6. "He Speaks to Me Often in Dreams" (Favors, Mitchell, Moye) - 13:52
  • Recorded September 2001 in Chicago



  1. ^ ECM Catalogue
  2. ^ a b Ginell, R. S. Allmusic Review accessed July 28, 2011.