Of Sudanese heritage, the bassist Ahmed Abdul/Malik *1927/1993( was born Jonathan Timms in Brooklyn. After working with Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk, among others, Abdul/Malik studied music of other cultures. He was among the first to incorporate Middle Eastern and Indian influences into Jazz.A mindblowing mix of jazz and Middle Eastern influences- and a rare 0s treasure from Thelonious Monk's former bassist! Ahmed Abdul/Malik blends together percussion, bass, and oud with some soulful solo work from Seldon Powell on tenor and flute, and Ray Nance on cornet- stretching out over long tracks with an exotic vibe.
The music on this album, in spite of the unorthodox instrumentation and exotic titles, should prove itself readily accessible to any listener with an open mind and an interest on the fascinating and original fusion of different musical cultures which it represents. One of the most compelling albums ever recorded by Ahmed Abdul/Malik! The set's got a style that's very strongly in keeping with the "eastern moods" of the title - with less of a jazz sound than some of Abdul Malik's other work, and more spare, exotic instrumentation overall. The group on the set is a trio - Ahmed on bass and oud, Bilal Abdurrahman on alto,... + INFO
This album, which uniquely combines the talents of an outstanding jazz star with those of an exciting group of young Brazilians, is not only a most fascinating presentation of that irresistible Latin music known as bossa nova. It is also something truly unusual. (...) A great many North American instrumentalists and singers have tried their hands at bossa nova when South American records have been issued in US; individual Brazilian guest stars have been featured with strictly-U.S.A. groups; and so on. Nevertheless, it seems quite accurate to state that there is nothing like this particular album, on which the brillian... + INFO
Portisheads Adrian Utley brings together an orchestra of electric guitar players to interpret Terry Riley's 'In C'. Written in 1964,In C is one of the most influential pieces of music from the 20th Century, it established minimalism as a music genre. In C's simple musical rules - 53 musical phrases in C and no duration - allow for infinite variations. Utley's impressive Guitar Orchestra is augmented by organs and a clarinet making for a mesmeric sound experience. The Guitar Orchestra consists of 24 musicians from Bristol: 19 guitarists including John Parish (PJ Harvey), Thought Forms, and Jim Barr (Portishead liv... + INFO
This album screams modernity! Rollins plays hard on this superb bop classic released in 1960> the disc contains a combination of two different recording dates from 1956,shortly after the devastating car accident that took Clifford Brown and Richie Powell. Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and George Morrow still played powerfully as Kenny Drew filled in nicely. The wonderful hip Abstract Expressioniste album cover generates the tone contained inside the packaging. Fans of free jazz and bop should not neglect this masterpiece! First edition of 500 numbered copies.