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Ahmed Abdul-Malik

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Bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik was one of the first musicians to introduce Arabic music into jazz and the first to use the oud, a pear-shaped, traditional Middle Eastern stringed instrument similar to a lute as a jazz instrument. He was born on January 30th 1927 to Sudanese parents in Brooklyn and grew up in the borough’s Arab neighborhood. According the most recent edition of the Rough Guide to Jazz he did not change his name to Ahmed Abdul-Malik in the mid- 50s but was given that name at birth. He started studying music at age 7; first violin then bass, piano and even tuba. His first jobs as a musician were when he was still a teenager and included symphony orchestras and different ethnic weddings

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Live Five Spot 1958 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2022
Track listing: Light Blue; Coming On The Hudson; Rhythm-A-Ning; Blue Monk; Evidence; Nutty; Blues Five Spot; Let's Cool One; In Walked Bud; Misterioso.

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Article: Year in Review

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2022

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2022" reviewed by Troy Dostert


Did 2022 represent a return to “normal" in the jazz world? Perhaps, although it might be more valuable to keep our eyes focused on the shifting trajectories and stylistic heterodoxies that make this music as unpredictable and surprising as ever. Releases from Steve Lehman and Eve Risser were especially noteworthy, involving pan-continental strivings that are always ...

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Article: Album Review

Thelonious Monk Quartet: Live Five Spot 1958 Revisited

Read "Live Five Spot 1958 Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


What are the first two names that come to mind on reading the phrase 'Thelonious Monk's saxophonist'? Chances are they will be John Coltrane or Charlie Rouse. The runner-up could be Sonny Rollins and somewhere further down the field might be Johnny Griffin. Griffin deserves to move up the list. The hard blowing, ...

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Antonin Gerbal

Drummer, improviser and composer based in Paris. Active in bands like [Ahmed] with Pat Thomas, Seymour Wright and Joel Grip ; [Ism] with Pat Thomas and Joel Grip ; Sbatax with Bertrand Denzler ; large ensembles like Umlaut Big Band or ONCEIM. As an eclectic musician, Antonin Gerbal has developed a singular approach to rhythms and sound - questioning the unity of the drums in the first swing orchestras, bebop, free jazz and in the fields of contemporary improvised, composed and experimental musics. He has collaborated with Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Éliane Radigue, Peter Ablinger, Evan Parker, John Tilbury, Stephen O’Malley, Jim O'Rourke, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Seijiro Murayama or Axel Dörner.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bass Is The Place: Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Garrison, Dave Holland And More

Read "Bass Is The Place: Tyler Mitchell, Jimmy Garrison, Dave Holland And More" reviewed by David Brown


This week angels & demons are at play as basset luminary Tyler Mitchell and legendary saxophonist Marshall Allen present two new Sun Ra inspired releases. Then, we follow Jimmy Garrison in and out of the Coltrane quartet, followed by more bassist led groups from Wilbur Ware, Ahmed Abdul-Malik (pictured), Linda May Han Oh and others. Bass ...

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Article: Year in Review

John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2021

Read "John Sharpe's Best Releases of 2021" reviewed by John Sharpe


Whether due to pent up creative energy or release schedules making up for lost time, more terrific music has come my way than for several years, in spite of the last twelve months. From the 200 or so discs that I heard in 2021, here are ten new issues (in the order I came across them), ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

Read "Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums" reviewed by Chris May


"Fire! That's what people want. Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life. You're supposed to make them turn around, pat their feet. That's what jazz is about. Play with fire. Play from the heart, not from your brain. You got to know how to make the two meet." So ...

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Article: Album Review

John Coltrane: Chasin' The Trane Revisited

Read "Chasin' The Trane Revisited" reviewed by Chris May


A high-tide moment in jazz history, John Coltrane's November 1-5 1961 engagement at New York's Village Vanguard was exhaustively documented on a series of Impulse albums during the 1960s and 1990s. Those discs have now, in autumn 2021, been supplemented by the Swiss-based ezz-thetics label's magnificent Chasin' The Trane Revisited. Before examining the new ...

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Article: Interview

Richard Brent Turner on Islam, Jazz and Black Liberation

Read "Richard Brent Turner on Islam, Jazz and Black Liberation" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer


Richard Brent Turner is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies and the African American Studies Program at the University of Iowa. Since joining the faculty in 2001, Professor Turner has authored several books, including Jazz Religion, The Second Line, and Black New Orleans, New Edition (Indiana University Press, 2016), and Islam in the African-American Experience, ...


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