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Khan Jamal: Cool

Read "Cool" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Always interesting and quite different from one to the next, vibraphonist Khan Jamal's recordings have charted a unique course through the world of improvisational music, from trio recordings with bass and drums or guitar and drums to sessions with great horn players (eg. Grachan Moncur III, Byard Lancaster, Charles Tyler, et. al.) to the somewhat psychedelic (1972's Drum Dance To The Motherland). Cool, self-released minimally by Jamal in 2002, is no exception. Originally recorded in 1989, the ...

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Khan Jamal - Human Arts Ensemble: Drumdance to the Motherland

Read "Drumdance to the Motherland" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

This is a re-release of a record that came out on the independent Philadelphia-based record label, Dogtown (slang for the Germantown section of Philadelphia where many of the city's musicians lived). It is a unique a view into an under-recognized musician and an important period in creative music. Besides being a composer and improvising vibraphonist (among other instruments), Khan Jamal is a sincere, exciting player whose music has elements of melody, harmony and rhythm that communicate over ...

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Khan Jamal Quintet: Black Awareness

Read "Black Awareness" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Vibraphonist Khan Jamal's fourth session for CIMP finds the veteran in the company of old friends for a relaxed atmosphere in which to blow. Longtime collaborator Byard Lancaster plays a sweetly inflected alto that's also capable of a bite. Trombonist Grachan Moncur III stays low-key, most times preferring understatement. Bassist Dylan Taylor and drummer Dwight James keep the pot stirred, while Jamal remains his own man, dwelling on a repetitive line, toying with an innocent melody, or launching dizzying patterns ...

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Khan Jamal: Peace Warrior

Read "Peace Warrior" reviewed by Germein Linares

Vibraphonist Khan Jamal leads the charge on the eclectic and vibrant Peace Warrior. The album's content, some of which was originally issued in '82 as Don't Take No!, combines recording sessions from '82 and '89. Released on CD by New York-based Random Chance Records, Peace Warrior places a good amount of its emphasis in introducing and integrating the sounds of the synthesizer and the catchy snap of pop beats into its jazz dance.

The resulting music is novel, even twenty ...

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Khan Jamal: Percussion & Strings

Read "Percussion & Strings" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Given the width and breadth of creative improvised music, it's sometimes easy for a musician to get lost in the shuffle, especially if their chosen instrument of expression is one of the more common in the music. Saxophonists in particular are occasional victims of the forced bouts of anonymity that may accompany such periods of congestion. But vibraphonists who move in these circles are few enough in number that they are rarely faced with such problems. This is one of ...


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