Jazz Sounds of Africa

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jazz Sounds of Africa compiles the complete contents of two early New Jazz LPs by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, which were originally issued as The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Sounds of Africa. The music on this reissue is simply captivating, as the brilliant bassist and oud player of Sudanese descent blends elements of jazz with that of Middle Eastern and African music. While the names of several of the contributing musicians are likely to be unfamiliar to many jazz fans, except for Andrew Cyrille and Tommy Turrentine, the music proves to be fascinating throughout both sessions. Any fan of John Coltrane's composition "India," which was written and performed around the same time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Jazz Sounds of Africa compiles the complete contents of two early New Jazz LPs by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, which were originally issued as The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Sounds of Africa. The music on this reissue is simply captivating, as the brilliant bassist and oud player of Sudanese descent blends elements of jazz with that of Middle Eastern and African music. While the names of several of the contributing musicians are likely to be unfamiliar to many jazz fans, except for Andrew Cyrille and Tommy Turrentine, the music proves to be fascinating throughout both sessions. Any fan of John Coltrane's composition "India," which was written and performed around the same time frame, will delight in the hypnotic opener, "Nights on Saturn," with an eerie solo by an unidentified Korean reed instrument played by Bilal Abdurrahman. The leader overdubs on oud the Middle Eastern ancestor of the mandolin on several tracks, as well as demonstrates his fine arco bass on the old standard "Don't Blame Me." Tommy Turrentine, whose career was unjustly overlooked because he retired from music prematurely, is a compelling soloist on the 1961 session. The latter session is far more percussive, with Abdul-Malik utilizing a larger ensemble. The highlight of this date is the lengthy exploration of the infectious original "Communication," which almost conjures up an African tribal chant with Richard Williams' trumpet as the lead voice, with the percussionists eventually taking over as they play off one another with vocal encouragement from one of the players. The songs on this CD compilation of the two-decades-old albums have stood the test of time very well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2003
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218527927
  • Catalog Number: 24279
  • Sales rank: 233,882

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nights on Saturn (7:34)
  2. 2 The Hustlers (5:34)
  3. 3 Oud Blues (4:09)
  4. 4 La Ibkey (5:52)
  5. 5 Don't Blame Me (7:28)
  6. 6 Hannibal's Carnivals (4:40)
  7. 7 Wakida Hena (3:53)
  8. 8 African Bossa Nova (6:00)
  9. 9 Nadusilma (4:00)
  10. 10 Out of Nowhere (5:00)
  11. 11 Communication (9:46)
  12. 12 Suffering (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ahmed Abdul-Malik Primary Artist, Bass, Oud
Andrew Cyrille Drums
Tommy Turrentine Trumpet
Montego Joe Bongos, Conga
Bilal Abdurrahman Clarinet, Percussion, Reeds, Darbouka
Rupert Alleyne Flute
Chief Bey African Drums
Taft Chandler Tenor Saxophone
Rudy Collins Drums
Eric Dixon Tenor Saxophone
Calo Scott Violin, Cello
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
Rudy Van Gelder Producer, Engineer
Joe Goldberg Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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