Friday, December 7, 2012
Ahmed Abdul-Malik - Jazz Sahara
Around the time Ahmed Abdul-Malik was providing the backing groove to some of Thelonious Monk's greatest bebop recordings, the Brooklyn-born native was also experimenting with traditional Middle Eastern and North African instrumentation in his own jazz compositions. During the late fifties and early sixties, Abdul-Malik released a number of groundbreaking recordings like Jazz Sahara, East Meets West, Sounds of Africa and Eastern Moods of Ahmed Abdul-Malik that incorporated non-Western musical elements into jazz. Not only did he play acoustic bass on many of these recordings, but he also played the oud, which is a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Greek, Arabic, Byzantine, North African and Middle Eastern music. These records, in my opinion, are some of the best to incorporate the sounds and influences from Africa and the Middle East into jazz. Truly unique and inspiring!
Ahmed Abdul-Malik - El Haris (Anxious)