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Ahmed Abdullah: Tara

Read "Tara" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

The downtown New York loft jazz of the early '70s, with its blend of free jazz and hard bop, was a great moment in time, and the musical spirit it nurtured endures. Trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah was a part of that scene, as was violinist Billy Bang, whose sound right now is the hottest thing in improvised music. Merely having him in the lineup makes Abdullah's Ebonic Tones a supergroup, like when Eric Clapton played with Stevie Winwood in Blind Faith. ...

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Ahmed Abdullah's Dispersions of the Spirit of RA: Traveling the Spaceways

Read "Traveling the Spaceways" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Even with a few Sun Ra alumni bands traveling the spaceways these days, Ra trumpet player Ahmed Abdullah casts his solar disc into the star stream with his Dispersions of the Spirit of RA group. Utilizing former Sun Ra crew members and veterans of his own units, Abdullah presents a program of both well-known and unknown compositions, keeping the vibe alive and extending our knowledge of the universe. Abdullah initiated the project as a result of a dream vision in ...

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Ahmed Abdullah's Dispersions of the Spirit of RA: Traveling the Spaceways

Read "Traveling the Spaceways" reviewed by Rico Cleffi

Travelling the Spaceways is the fruit of the labor of long-time Sun Ra trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah's Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra--a band formed after Abdullah was visited in a dream by his former band leader. His mission? To play Sun Ra's music. Abdullah surrounded himself with some fierce musicians and set out to do justice to some of Ra's vast catalog. The result does for Sun Ra's songs what the Mingus Big Band has done for that great composer's ...

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Ahmed Abdullah's NAM: Song of Time

Read "Song of Time" reviewed by Elliott Simon

For those of you who can't wait until the end of the month to experience the high caliber of creative music that is always part of the Vision Festival, Song of Time catches an inspired 2001 Festival performance by the NAM quartet. This direct-to-DAT recording perfectly captures the intimate excitement that can happen at Vision when expert musicians from diverse backgrounds cooperatively gel into a creative whole. A transgenerational multicultural grouping, NAM consists of trumpeter and leader Ahmed Abdullah, baritone ...

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Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora: Dedication

Read "Dedication" reviewed by Derek Taylor

In the annals of free jazz drumming names like Sunny Murray, Andrew Cyrille and Milford Graves often percolate to the top of the lists as the progenitors of the tradition. Equally important, if sometimes overshadowed is Charles Moffett, who as a member of Ornette Coleman’s trio with David Izenzon completed one of the most inspiring improvising collectives of the 60s. His achievements were by no means limited to this seminal group and his career stretched well into the decade of ...

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Ahmed Abdullah: Actual Proof

Read "Actual Proof" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The lasting influence of Sun Ra is infinite and its always a pleasure to hear testimony from the relatively small number of his regular sidemen who are now leading their own groups. The joy is particularly palatable in the case of Abdullah whose bright brassy trumpet powered the Arkestra brass-section on their cosmic flights of fancy for many years. Ahmed is one of those musicians who effectively shaped the lessons he learned from Ra during his stint with the band ...

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Ahmed Abdullah: Actual Proof

Read "Actual Proof" reviewed by Derek Taylor

The lasting influence of Sun Ra is infinite and its always a pleasure to hear testimony from the relatively small number of his regular sidemen who are now leading their own groups. The joy is particularly palatable in the case of Abdullah whose bright brassy trumpet powered the Arkestra brass-section on their cosmic flights of fancy for many years. Ahmed is one of those musicians who effectively shaped the lessons he learned from Ra during his stint with the band ...


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