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East New York Ensemble de Music: At The Helm

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Multi-reed player Bilal Abdurahman was best known for his musical partnership with the trailblazing bassist/oudist Abdul Ahmed Malik from the late '50s into the mid-'60s. Their music--which predated better-publicized fusions of ethnic musics and jazz by half a decade--was documented on five LPs for Riverside, RCA, and New Jazz ( East Meets West, Jazz Sahara, The Music of Ahmed Abdul Malik, Eastern Moods, Sounds of Africa ).

Released on the not-for-profit Folkways label in '74, At the Helm is the only surviving document of Abdurahman's own “Black Magical Music." The puckish humor evident in the band's name doesn't so much ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

East New York Ensemble de Music: At The Helm

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Multi-reed player Bilal Abdurrahman was best known for his musical partnership with the trailblazing bassist/oudist (and sideman for Monk and Randy Weston) Abdul Ahmed Malik from the late '50s into the mid-'60s. Their music--which predated better-publicized fusions of ethnic musics and jazz by half a decade--was documented on five LPs for Riverside, RCA, and New Jazz ( East Meets West , Jazz Sahara , The Music of Ahmed Abdul Malik , Eastern Moods , Sounds of Africa ). Several of these have been reissued and are currently on my “must get" list. Unlike those LPs, I never knew this one ...



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