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Lester Bowie

tr, 1941-1999 US, Frederick, Maryland
Singer / Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. William Lester Bowie, Jr.

American trumpeter, flugel hornist, kelp hornist, vocalist, percussionist and composer. Born October 11, 1941 in Frederick, Maryland, died November 8, 1999 in New York City, New York. He met future wife Fontella Bass in an R&B band after military service. He worked in St. Louis and later he moved to Chicago in 1966 where he formed The Art Ensemble Of Chicago with Roscoe Mitchell. Brother of Byron Bowie and Joseph Bowie of Defunkt.

  • Trumpet
  • Flugelhorn
  • Percussion
  • Vocals
  • Alphorn
  • Jazz
  • Folk
  • World
Popular Tracks   
Rios Negroes on The Great Pretender by Lester Bowie
The Great Pretender on The Great Pretender by Lester Bowie
Coming Back, Jamaica on I Only Have Eyes For You by Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy
It's Howdy Doody Time on The Great Pretender by Lester Bowie
Rose Drop on The Great Pretender by Lester Bowie
For Louie on All The Magic! / The One And Only by Lester Bowie
When The Spirit Returns on I Only Have Eyes For You by Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy
When The Doom (Moon) Comes Over The Mountain on The Great Pretender by Lester Bowie
Sardegna Amore (New Is Full Of Lonely People) on The 5th Power by Lester Bowie
Fradulent Fanfare on All The Magic! / The One And Only by Lester Bowie

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Title Artist Year Type
Live In Berlin October 29th, 1983The Sun Ra All Stars Featuring: Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie2017Album
The Great Pretender / Steel + BreathLester Bowie2014Album
The Complete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint & Soul NoteLester Bowie2010Album
The Ancestors Are Amongst UsKahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio Featuring Lester Bowie And Malachi Favors2010Album
All The NumbersLester Bowie2009Compil.
A Nice GuyLester Bowie2007Compil.
American GumboLester Bowie1999Compil.
Talkin' About Life And DeathMiłość & Lester Bowie1999Album
MeantimeGMT & Imogen Heap / Lester Bowie1999Album
MirageLester Bowie1999Compil.
Amore Pirata!Lorenzo Gasperoni Mamud Band Feat. Lester Bowie1998Album
Buddy Bolden's Rag {100 Years Of Jazz}Malachi Thompson & Africa Brass Featuring Lester Bowie1995Album
Not TwoMiłość & Lester Bowie1995Album
WorksLester Bowie1988Compil.
Sacred LoveKahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio Featuring Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Donald Garrett1988Album
A Venture SamplerMícheál Ó Súilleabháin / Lester Bowie / Peter De Havilland / Hans-Joachim Roedelius1987Album
ZebraJack DeJohnette Featuring Lester Bowie1986Album
The RitualKahil El'Zabar Featuring Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors1986Album
DuetNobuyoshi Ino & Lester Bowie1985Album
For Louie / Let The Good Times RollLester Bowie1983Album
Bugle Boy BopCharles Bobo Shaw & Lester Bowie1983Album
All The Magic!Lester Bowie1983Album
Rios Negroes / The Great PretenderLester Bowie1982Album
The Great PretenderLester Bowie1981Album
The 5th PowerLester Bowie1978Album
DuetLester Bowie / Phillip Wilson1978Album
African ChildrenLester Bowie1978Album
Rope-A-DopeLester Bowie1976Album
Fast Last!Lester Bowie1974Album
Numbers 1&2Lester BowieAlbum
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