Famoudou Don Moye

Famoudou Don Moye

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Famoudou Don Moye (b. 1946) is an American avant-jazz percussionist and drummer, best known as a member of The Art Ensemble Of Chicago since 1969, and recognized as an extraordinary master of Afro-Caribbean percussion instruments and rhythmic techniques. Don Moye developed his own original 'sun percussion' style of performing, and led Sun Percussion Summit with Enoch Williamson, which is a group dedicated to exploring the traditions of African-American percussion music.

Born in Rochester, New York, Famoudou performed in a church choir and various drum and bugle corps (marching ensembles) during his youth. He was exposed to jazz from an early age – his mother worked for a local social club, located door-to-door with a jazz venue that hosted musicians like Kenny Burrell and Jimmy McGriff, and often took her son to concerts, including Mahalia Jackson performances. Don Moye's uncles played saxophone, while his father was a drummer.

Moye studied percussion at Wayne State University in Detroit. A trumpeter Charles Moore, who happened to live in the same building, became Famoudou's mentor and introduced him to the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). In 1968, Famoudou Don Moye travelled to Europe with his first band, Detroit Free Jazz. He eventually spent a few years abroad, working for RAI (Italian Radio and Television) briefly, and collaborating extensively with Moroccan musicians, as well as many notable jazz figures, such as Steve Lacy, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Randy Weston, and Art Taylor.

In 1969, while rehearsing and performing at the American Center For Students And Artists in Paris, Moye met saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, who was in Europe with his quartet The Art Ensemble of Chicago (also featuring Joseph Jarman (sax), Lester Bowie (trumpet) and Malachi Favors on bass). AEC already released three albums on BYG Records at the time, but four members were playing percussion parts themselves, and lacked a dedicated performer to complete a rhythm section. Roscoe Mitchell asked Don Moye to join the group.

After returning to the United States in the early 1970s, Famoudou Don Moye had played with Black Artists Group in St. Louis for a while, and finally settled in Chicago. Apart from an extensive work the The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Moye also played in a duo with percussionist Steve McCall. In 1984, the musician joined The Leaders (3) jazz supergroup. Famoudou Don Moye played and recorded with different bands and ensembles of Don Pullen, Cecil McBee, Hamiet Bluiett, Julius A Hemphill, Chico Freeman and Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy.

His recordings are universally recognized by critics at such prestigious publications as Rolling Stone, Melody Maker, The New York Times, Stereo Review, Audio Magazine, and Down Beat. Famoudou Don Moye received grants from the National Endowment For The Arts in 1974 and '81.
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AECO 001 Famoudou Don Moye Sun Percussion Volume One(LP) AECO Records AECO 001 US 1975 Sell This Version
Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye - Egwu-Anwu (Sun Song) (Album) India Navigation, India Navigation US 1978 Sell This Version
Julius Hemphill* With Abdul Wadud And Don Moye* Julius Hemphill* With Abdul Wadud And Don Moye* - Raw Materials And Residuals (Album) Black Saint Italy 1978 Sell This Version
Don Pullen, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye* Don Pullen, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye* - The Magic Triangle (Album) Black Saint Italy 1979 Sell This Version
Don Pullen Featuring Don Moye* Don Pullen Featuring Don Moye* - Milano Strut (Album) Black Saint Italy 1979 Sell This Version
Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* Featuring Johnny Dyani Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* Featuring Johnny Dyani - Black Paladins (Album) Black Saint Italy 1980 Sell This Version
Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* - Earth Passage - Density (Album) Black Saint Italy 1981 Sell This Version
RF-2004 Famoudou Don Moye - Ari Brown Famoudou Don Moye - Ari Brown - Live At The Progressive Arts Center(LP) L'Orsa Maggiore RF-2004 Italy 1982 Sell This Version
Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Kenny Clarke, Famoudou Don Moye Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Kenny Clarke, Famoudou Don Moye - Pieces Of Time (Album) Soul Note Italy 1984 Sell This Version
Hartmut Geerken - Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai Hartmut Geerken - Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Cassava Balls Praxis (2) Greece 1985 Sell This Version
CM 114 Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Hartmut Geerken Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Hartmut Geerken - The African Tapes Volume 1(LP) Praxis (2) CM 114 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
CM 115 Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Hartmut Geerken Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Hartmut Geerken - The African Tapes Volume 2(LP) Praxis (2) CM 115 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
Famoudou Don Moye Jam For Your Life! (Album) AECO Records US 1991 Sell This Version
CD H 357-2 Mario SchianoFamoudou Don MoyeMarcello MelisGiancarlo Schiaffini Mario SchianoFamoudou Don MoyeMarcello MelisGiancarlo Schiaffini - Uncaged(CD, Album) Splasc(H) Records CD H 357-2 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
AECO 3008 Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye - Calypso's Smile(CD, Album) AECO Records, Southport Records AECO 3008 US 1992 Sell This Version
MDT 30114 Gianni Lenoci Quintet Feat. Bob Mover Feat. Don Moye* Gianni Lenoci Quintet Feat. Bob Mover Feat. Don Moye* - Old Ground, New Ground(CD) Modern Times MDT 30114 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
3009 Famoudou Don Moye & Enoch Williamson, Sun Percussion Summit & More Famoudou Don Moye & Enoch Williamson, Sun Percussion Summit & More - Afrikan Song(CD, Album) AECO Records 3009 US 1996 Sell This Version
CD 038 Famoudou Don Moye, Sun Percussion Summit & More Famoudou Don Moye, Sun Percussion Summit & More - Ancestral Memories: From Afrika To Chicago(CD, Album) Il Manifesto CD 038 Italy 1998 Sell This Version
GY 9/10 Hartmut Geerken / John Tchicai / Famoudou Don Moye Hartmut Geerken / John Tchicai / Famoudou Don Moye - The African Tapes(2xCD) Golden Years Of New Jazz GY 9/10 UK 2001 Sell This Version
S-SSD 0096 Famoudou Don MoyeTatsu Aoki Famoudou Don MoyeTatsu Aoki - A Symphony Of Cities(CD, Album) Southport Records S-SSD 0096 US 2002 Sell This Version
CD 097 Famoudou Don Moye - Sun Percussion Summit & More Special Guest Baba Sissoko Famoudou Don Moye - Sun Percussion Summit & More Special Guest Baba Sissoko - Bamako Chicago Express (Live In Longiano)(CD, Album) Il Manifesto CD 097 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
ITN 007 Lugo* - D'Errico*, Moye*, Geerken* Lugo* - D'Errico*, Moye*, Geerken* - The Gray Goose(CD) Itinera ITN 007 Italy 2007 Sell This Version
0018LE Hartmut Geerken & Famoudou Don Moye Hartmut Geerken & Famoudou Don Moye - Hexenring (A Live Radio Play)(CDr) AECO Records 0018LE US 2008 Sell This Version
FDM2581 Famoudou Don Moye, Sun Percussion Summit And More* Famoudou Don Moye, Sun Percussion Summit And More* - For Bobo (Oscar Brown III)(CD, Album) AECO Records, Katalyst Entertainment FDM2581 US 2010 Sell This Version
CDH1551.2, CD H1551.2 Scie Chimiche Featuring Famoudou Don Moye Scie Chimiche Featuring Famoudou Don Moye - Spettacolo!!!(CD, Album) Splasc(H) Records, Splasc(H) Records CDH1551.2, CD H1551.2 Italy 2011 Sell This Version