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Artist’s Choice: Amina Claudine Myers on the AACM

The keyboardist, singer, composer, and longtime AACM member picks her favorite recordings by other members

Amina Claudine Myers
Amina Claudine Myers

These compositions are from albums by artists that I love and respect, on which they were doing things I really liked. Notice that I say “albums,” because in each case I appreciated whole albums—but I listened to the whole thing and tried to narrow it down to individual tracks, with the knowledge that both original composition and openness to improvisation are mainstays for the AACM. As an artist, I found my own way, but I’ve been inspired by every one of these musicians.

Douglas Ewart
“Washing the Mind”
Bamboo Meditation at Banff (Aarawak, 1994)

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Amina Claudine Myers

Amina Claudine Myers is a pianist, organist, vocalist, and composer based in New York City. In the 1960s and ’70s, she lived in Chicago, where she joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1966 and played at the second AACM concert. In addition to making 11 albums as a leader, she has recorded and performed with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Archie Shepp, Bill Laswell, and many others.