Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Malcolm X Memorial (A Tribute in Music)
As the record's title suggests, The Malcolm X Memorial album is a conceptual tribute piece for the late Malcolm X. Each piece of the 4-song tribute suite focuses on a different period of Malcolm's life, with titles that include "Malcolm Little", "Detroit Red", "Malcolm X", and "El Hajj Malik El Shabazz". The recording has an overall spiritual, yet righteous groove that tends to build from one track to the next, featuring a heavy dose of exotic percussion and horn passages. The original release of the record was was put out by Cohran himself, and was limited to only 1,000 copies. The record has recently been made more available with the help of Mississippi Records, who released a reissued version of the album a few years ago. In all, this brilliant tribute is arguably one of Philip Cohran's greatest recorded works as both a musician and a band leader.
Philip Cohran & TAH Ensemble - Malcolm X