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Ahmed Abdul-Malik • East Meets West



The late Ahmed Abdul-Malik was best known to jazz listeners as a bassist with Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston, Coleman Hawkins, and many others. He made a few records as a leader, with this one being his most exotic and also the hardest to find. The Brooklyn native was of Sudanese descent; in addition to playing bass on this interesting blend of Middle Eastern instruments with those from the world of jazz, he also plays oud, the forerunner to the lute. The musicians on Malik's eight originals vary from track to track. On the mournful "La Ibky (Don't Cry)," Malik's oud shares the spotlight with a tenor sax (either Benny Golson or Johnny Griffin) plus trumpeter Lee Morgan. "Rooh (The Soul)" features the 72-string kanoon (which is sort of a brittle sounding and much smaller harp) played by Ahmed Yetman, along with Malik's arco bass and the droning violin of Naim Karacand. The Middle Eastern instruments are absent during "Searchin'," which is sort of a hard bop vehicle featuring trombonist Curtis Fuller and Jerome Richardson on flute, along with the tenor sax. "Takseem (Solo)" omits the jazz instruments; the slowness of the variations of the music and rather piercing vocal make it harder for Western ears to comprehend. Not a release of interest to everyone but, for the most part, this fusion of vastly different styles of music is quite enjoyable; it's obvious from the start that the musicians were enjoying themselves as it was recorded. This long out print LP will be difficult to locate.

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Traducción Automatica:
El fallecido Ahmed Abdul-Malik era más conocido por los oyentes de jazz como bajista de Thelonious Monk, Randy Weston, Coleman Hawkins y muchos otros. Hizo algunos registros como líder, siendo este el más exótico y también el más difícil de encontrar. El nativo de Brooklyn era de ascendencia sudanesa; Además de tocar el bajo en esta interesante mezcla de instrumentos de Oriente Medio con los del mundo del jazz, también toca oud, el precursor del laúd. Los músicos en los ocho originales de Malik varían de una canción a otra. En el lúgubre "La Ibky (Do not Cry)", el oud de Malik comparte protagonismo con un saxo tenor (ya sea Benny Golson o Johnny Griffin) más el trompetista Lee Morgan. "Rooh (The Soul)" presenta el kanoon de 72 cuerdas (que es una especie de arpa frágil y mucho más pequeña) interpretado por Ahmed Yetman, junto con el bajo arco de Malik y el zumbido del violín de Naim Karacand. Los instrumentos del Medio Oriente están ausentes durante "Searchin", que es una especie de vehículo de bop duro con el trombonista Curtis Fuller y Jerome Richardson en flauta, junto con el saxo tenor. "Takseem (Solo)" omite los instrumentos de jazz; la lentitud de las variaciones de la música y la voz más bien penetrante dificultan la comprensión de los oídos occidentales. No es un lanzamiento de interés para todos pero, en su mayor parte, esta fusión de estilos de música muy diferentes es bastante agradable; es obvio desde el principio que los músicos se divirtieron tal como se grabó. Este largo LP de impresión será difícil de localizar.

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Tracklist:
A1 - El-Lail (The Night) - 4:17
A2 - La Ibky (Don't Cry) - 4:55
A3 - Takseem (Solo) - 5:08
A4 - Searchin' - 4:02
B1 - Isma's (Listen) - 4:15
B2 - Rooh (The Soul) - 3:37
B3 - Mahawara (The Fugue) - 4:12
B4 - El Ghada (The Jungle) - 3:06

Credits:
Drums – Al Harewood
Flute – Jerome Richardson
Goblet Drum [Darabeka] – Bilal Abdurrahman*, Mike Hamway
Kanun – Ahmed Yetman
Saxophone – Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin
Trombone – Curtis Fuller
Trumpet – Lee Morgan
Violin – Naim Karacand
Written-By, Bass, Oud – Ahmed Abdul-Malik

Notes:
Recorded at Webster Hall in New York, Tracks 1,2,5 on March 16, 1959, Tracks 3,4,6,7,8 on March 31, 1959

Label: RCA Victor ‎– LPM-2015, RCA Victor ‎– LPM 2015
Released: 1960
Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Fusion,











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