In 1965, on Chicago's Southside, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians was formed. 50 years later, it's still going and growing strong. On 'Artifacts' (482 Music), three of its most distinguished members--Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed--look back yet look forward at the same time in celebration of the AACM.
Steeped in the rituals of ancient Africa and early traditions rooted in New Orleans music, Chicago jazz musicians are remembering the efforts of South Side musicians 50 years ago. Celebrating five decades, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) reflects on a rich history.