Leimert Park

Leimert Park

by Kamau Daa'ood


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Leimert Park

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/1997
Label: Mama Records
UPC: 0734956101923
catalogNumber: 1019
Rank: 84603

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kamau Daa'ood   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   Drums,Gong
Rodney Lee   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Osama Afifi   Bass
Dwight Trible   Vocals
Willie Jones   Drums

Technical Credits

Ron Carter   Composer
Billy Higgins   Contributor
Bill Cooper   Engineer
Gene Czerwinski   Executive Producer
Douglas Evans   Executive Producer
Phil Vieux   Composer
Brian Virtue   Engineer
Herb Graham   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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