Ahmed Abdul Malik
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This CD reissue is an early example of fusing jazz with world music. Abdul-Malik switches between bass and oud; interacts closely with the droning violin of Naim Karacand, Jack Ghanaim's kanoon (a 72-string instrument), and Mike Hamway's darabeka (a percussive drum); and mixes in Al Harewood's drums and (on three of the four selections) the tenor of Johnny Griffin. The music is a qualified success, essentially Middle Eastern folk music with Griffin added in. This set is interesting and, in its own way, innovative but not essential.
Amazing this album was made in 1958. One of the first, if not the first, attempts at combining jazz with music from other parts of the world—a practice that would later go on to become practically its own genre. Great players here, including Johnny Griffin. Performances are a little uneven—you can tell that they didn’t have a ton of studio time and the band was somewhat thrown together for the session. But lots of fire and chemistry, and an enjoyable listen. The follow-up, “East West” is more polished, but this one has a sort of recklessness that I enjoy more.
Born: January 30, 1927 in New York, NY
Years Active: '50s, '60s