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Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Four Classic Albums (Jazz Sahara / East Meets West / The Music Of Ahmed Adbul- Malik / Sounds Of Africa) (2CD)

Ahmed Abdul-Malik: Four Classic Albums (Jazz Sahara / East Meets West / The Music Of Ahmed Adbul- Malik / Sounds Of Africa) (2CD)

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AVID Jazz continues with its Four Classic album series with a re-mastered 2CD release by Ahmed Abdul-Malik, complete with original artwork and liner notes.
“Jazz Sahara”; “East Meets West”; “The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik” and “Sounds of Africa”
Born in Brooklyn to either Sudanese or Caribbean parents, (it seems unclear which??), Ahmed Abdul-Malik was born either with that name or changed it from Jonathan Tim? Given the musical route he was later to take, it would seem likely that the Sudanese parentage story may well be accurate! He began taking musical lessons from a very early age and was enrolled in the Vardi School of Music where he was taught violin, viola, piano, cello, bass and tuba. He began his professional musical career playing hard bop bass before recording a string of ground breaking Middle Eastern flavoured albums where he was featured playing the oud (a double stringed, unfretted Middle Eastern lute). This blend of jazz and Middle Eastern music became very popular at the time and the albums which we feature here on our 2CD set were critically lauded at the time and over the years have come to be appreciated as way ahead of their time in their blend of jazz and what we now call “world music”. Artists Malik has played with include John Coltrane, Johnny Griffin, Randy Weston, Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk.

1-4: ‘Jazz Sahara’
1. Ya Annas (Oh People)
2. Isma’a (Listen)
3. El Haris (Anxious)
4. Farah’ Alaiyna (Joy Upon Us)
5-12: ‘East Meets West’
5. E-Lail (The Night)
6. La Ibky (Don’t Cry)
7. Takseem (Solo)
8. Searchin’
9. Isma’a (Listen)
10. Rooh (The Soul)
11. Mahawara (The Eagle)
12. El Ghada (The Jungle)

1-6: ‘The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik’
1. Nights On Saturn
2. The Hustlers
3. Oud Blues
4. La Ibkey
5. Don’t Blame Me
6. Hannibal’s Carnivals
7-12: ‘Sounds of Africa’
7. Wakida Hena
8. African Bossa Nova
9. Nadusilma
10. Out Of Nowhere
11. Communication
12. Suffering

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