Malachi Favors is best known for his work with the long-enduring free jazz group the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
Having taken up the upright bass at the age of 15, he turned
professional right out of school, establishing his reputation through
work with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard. In 1965 he became a founding member of The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and began playing in Muhal Richard Abrams' The Experimental Band. This led ultimately to his decades of activity in the Art Ensemble.
As with all of his Ensemble compatriots, Favors kept an active career
outside of its confines. He perfomed numerous collaborations with other
jazz musicians (Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, duets with Muhal Richard Abrams), recorded the solo record Natural and the Spiritual in 1977, and worked in groups such as The Ritual Trio and co-AEOC member Lester Bowie's From the Root to the Source.