Bassist-composer Ahmed Abdul-Malik (best known for his work with Randy Weston, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Mann) was among the first jazz musicians to explore and successfully bring African tonalities and rhythms to jazz improvisational settings. But his deep musical interests also ranged from the Middle East to Latin America to the Caribbean, and all are strongly in evidence at various junctures of the two LPs paired herein. Abdul-Malik (1927-1993), who also played the Middle Eastern stringed instrument the oud, gathered a fine supporting cast to help him realize his early vision of World Music. On "La Ibkey" Tommy Turrentine's trumpet wails like a blues muezzin, while cellist Calo Scott dances the high life on "Hannibal's Carnivals." Joyous African sounds dominate the second half of the program, with a complement of percussionists coming to the fore on "Communication" and spurring soloists like trumpeter Richard Williams and the little known but talented reedmen.
Nights on Saturn, The Hustlers, Oud Blues, La Ibkey, Don't Blame Me, Hannibal's Carnivals, Wakida Hena, African Bossa Nova, Nadusilma, Out of Nowhere, Communication, Suffering
with Calo Scott, Tommy Turrentine, Eric Dixon, Bilal Abdurrahman, Andrew Cyrille, Richard Williams, Edwin Steede, Taft Chandler, Rupert Alleyne, Rudy Collins, Montego Joe, Chief Bey