Famoudou Don Moye

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Famoudou Don Moye (born May 23, 1946, in Rochester, New York) 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.
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AECO 001 Sun Percussion Volume One — Famoudou Don Moye Famoudou Don Moye Sun Percussion Volume One(LP) AECO Records AECO 001 US 1975 Sell This Version
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MUS 3029 Bars — Famoudou Don Moye Hamiet Bluiett, Marcello Melis, Don Moye* Hamiet Bluiett, Marcello Melis, Don Moye* - Bars(LP, Album) Musica Records MUS 3029 France 1977 Sell This Version
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BSR 0015 Raw Materials And Residuals — Famoudou Don Moye Julius Hemphill* With Abdul Wadud And Don Moye* Julius Hemphill* With Abdul Wadud And Don Moye* - Raw Materials And Residuals (Album) Black Saint BSR 0015 Italy 1978 Sell This Version
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IN 1033, India Navigation 1033 Egwu-Anwu (Sun Song) — Famoudou Don Moye Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye - Egwu-Anwu (Sun Song) (Album) India Navigation, India Navigation IN 1033, India Navigation 1033 US 1978 Sell This Version
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BSR 0028 Milano Strut — Famoudou Don Moye Don Pullen Featuring Don Moye* Don Pullen Featuring Don Moye* - Milano Strut (Album) Black Saint BSR 0028 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
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BSR 0038 The Magic Triangle — Famoudou Don Moye Don Pullen, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye* Don Pullen, Joseph Jarman, Don Moye* - The Magic Triangle (Album) Black Saint BSR 0038 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
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BSR 0042 Black Paladins — Famoudou Don Moye Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* Featuring Johnny Dyani Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* Featuring Johnny Dyani - Black Paladins (Album) Black Saint BSR 0042 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
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BSR 0052 Earth Passage - Density — Famoudou Don Moye Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* Joseph Jarman - Don Moye* - Earth Passage - Density (Album) Black Saint BSR 0052 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
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RF-2004 Live At The Progressive Arts Center — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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SN 1078 CD Pieces Of Time — Famoudou Don Moye Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Kenny Clarke, Famoudou Don Moye Milford Graves, Andrew Cyrille, Kenny Clarke, Famoudou Don Moye - Pieces Of Time (Album) Soul Note SN 1078 CD Italy 1984 Sell This Version
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1006 Jam For Your Life — Famoudou Don Moye Moye*, Brown*, Raashiek* Moye*, Brown*, Raashiek* - Jam For Your Life (Album) AECO Records 1006 US 1985 Sell This Version
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CM 111 Cassava Balls — Famoudou Don Moye Hartmut Geerken - Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai Hartmut Geerken - Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Cassava Balls (Album) Praxis (2) CM 111 Greece 1985 Sell This Version
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CM 114 The African Tapes Volume 1 — Famoudou Don Moye Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Hartmut Geerken Famoudou Don Moye - John Tchicai - Hartmut Geerken - The African Tapes Volume 1(LP, Album) Praxis (2) CM 114 Greece 1987 Sell This Version
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CM 115 The African Tapes Volume 2 — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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CD H 357-2 Uncaged — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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AECO 3008 Calypso's Smile — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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MDT 30114 Old Ground, New Ground — Famoudou Don Moye Gianni Lenoci Quintet Featuring Bob Mover Featuring Don Moye* Gianni Lenoci Quintet Featuring Bob Mover Featuring Don Moye* - Old Ground, New Ground(CD) Modern Times MDT 30114 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
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3009 Afrikan Song — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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IOR 77029-2 Brazzy Voices — Famoudou Don Moye The Brazz Brothers, Lester Bowie, Amina Claudine Myers, David Peaston, Don Moye*, The Skruk Choir* The Brazz Brothers, Lester Bowie, Amina Claudine Myers, David Peaston, Don Moye*, The Skruk Choir* - Brazzy Voices(CD, Album) In+Out Records IOR 77029-2 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
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CD 038 Ancestral Memories: From Afrika To Chicago — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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GY 9/10 The African Tapes — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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S-SSD 0096 A Symphony Of Cities — Famoudou Don Moye Famoudou Don MoyeTatsu Aoki Famoudou Don MoyeTatsu Aoki - A Symphony Of Cities(CD, Album) Southport Records S-SSD 0096 US 2002 Sell This Version
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CD 097 Bamako Chicago Express (Live In Longiano) — Famoudou Don Moye 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
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ITN 001 Folk Bass Spirit Suite — Famoudou Don Moye Famoudou Don Moye, Baba Sissoko, Maurizio Capone Famoudou Don Moye, Baba Sissoko, Maurizio Capone - Folk Bass Spirit Suite(CD, Album) Itinera ITN 001 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
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ITN006 Estate — Famoudou Don Moye Lightsey*, Moye*, Elekes* Lightsey*, Moye*, Elekes* - Estate(CD, Album) Itinera ITN006 Italy 2006 Sell This Version