Leimert Park

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
On this definitive fusion of jazz and poetry, Daa'ood rails against oppression, speaks out about jazz musicians, and reflects the cultural mood from his perch in Leimert Park, CA. Musical help comes from the B Sharp Quartet, drummer Billy Higgins, pianists Nate Morgan and Horace Tapscott, bassist Dr. Art Davis, saxophonists Phil Vieux and Michael Session, flutist James Newton, and others. Daa'ood's voice is slightly gruff, but direct and powerful. On the title cut, Daa'ood defines his style as "old-school stories with a bebop tongue to the hip-hop future." He lambasts popular music on the bluesy "Army of Healers" and concludes on "Art Blakey's Drumsticks" that society...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
On this definitive fusion of jazz and poetry, Daa'ood rails against oppression, speaks out about jazz musicians, and reflects the cultural mood from his perch in Leimert Park, CA. Musical help comes from the B Sharp Quartet, drummer Billy Higgins, pianists Nate Morgan and Horace Tapscott, bassist Dr. Art Davis, saxophonists Phil Vieux and Michael Session, flutist James Newton, and others. Daa'ood's voice is slightly gruff, but direct and powerful. On the title cut, Daa'ood defines his style as "old-school stories with a bebop tongue to the hip-hop future." He lambasts popular music on the bluesy "Army of Healers" and concludes on "Art Blakey's Drumsticks" that society would rather have fatherless children "pick cotton in cyberspace." On "Ancestral Echoes," Tapscott's reverent piano inspires Daa'ood to ponder, "In the wind, we learn that the diehards do not die, they only echo through the universe as light." "Her," "Balm of Gilead," and "Deep River in Her Voice" show a different side of Daa'ood -- one that longs not only for justice, but for peace and quiet. This is the finest combination of jazz and poetry to come out in the '90s, bar none.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/1997
  • Label: Mama Records
  • UPC: 734956101923
  • Catalog Number: 1019
  • Sales rank: 323,509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Leimert Park (4:23)
  2. 2 Tears (5:55)
  3. 3 Her (4:14)
  4. 4 Deep River in Her Voice (5:47)
  5. 5 Balm of Gilead (3:44)
  6. 6 Sunbathing in My Tears (4:38)
  7. 7 The Men (3:23)
  8. 8 Liberator of the Spirit (5:49)
  9. 9 World Music (2:35)
  10. 10 Ancestral Echoes (4:05)
  11. 11 Army of Healers (5:50)
  12. 12 Art Blakey's Drumsticks (10:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kamau Daa'ood Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Art Davis Bass
Billy Higgins Guitar, Drums, Vocals
James Newton Flute
Horace Tapscott Piano
Carmen Bradford Vocals
Karen Briggs Violin
Munyungo Jackson Percussion, Djembe
Roberto Miguel Miranda Bass
Nate Morgan Piano
Phil Vieux Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Randall Willis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Session Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Herb Graham Jr. Drums, Gong
Rodney Lee Organ, Piano, fender rhodes
Osama Afifi Bass
Dwight Trible Vocals
Willie Jones III Drums
Technical Credits
Ron Carter Composer
Billy Higgins Contributor
Bill Cooper Engineer
Gene Czerwinski Executive Producer
Douglas Evans Executive Producer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Phil Vieux Composer
Brian Virtue Engineer
Herb Graham Jr. Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Rich Breen Engineer
Rodney Lee Arranger
Kamau Daa'ood Liner Notes
Matthew Quave Engineer
Armond Bagdasarian Director, Art Direction
Dwight Trible Composer
RaSudán Daáood Arranger
Khalil Abdul Rahman Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Phenomenal

    A master of his art, Kamau Daaood defines spoken word at its best. A definite recommendation!

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