Reviews that mention Khan Jamal

October 13, 2019

Sounds of Liberation

Sounds of Liberation
Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 057

ICP 10-tet


Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 060


Day Two

NoBusiness Records CD 114

Jimmy Giuffe3

Graz Live 1961

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Keith Tippett

The Unlonely Raindancer

Discus 81 CD

Something in the Air: Reassessing 1960s, 1970s and 1980s Jazz through via New Reissues

By Ken Waxman

Reissues of recorded music serve a variety of functions. Allowing us to experience sounds from the past is just one of them. More crucially, and this is especially important in terms of Free Jazz and Free Music, it restores to circulation sounds that were overlooked and/or spottily distributed on first appearance. Listening to those projects now not only provides an alternate view of musical history, but in many cases also provides a fuller understanding of music’s past. MORE

February 8, 2009

Khan Jamal

Porter Records PRCD-4018

Never one to promote himself unnecessarily, Philadelphia-based vibraharpist Khan Jamal, 62, is best-known by reputation and affiliation, which include gigs with, among many others, drummer Sunny Murray, violinist Billy Bang and as part of drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society.

Yet, as this newly-released 1989 session demonstrates, his fluid parlando motions and percussive extensions could serve him well in any creative improvised music situation. With Khan spelled by cellist John Rodgers, bassist Warren Ore and drummer Dwight James, and consisting of seven Jamal originals, the CD program wafts among near-classical formalism and tough overtly jazzy riffs. With three of the four instruments the same as those in jazz’s most celebrated vibes combo, the Modern Jazz Quartet, MJQ-echoes can’t be avoided. But with the second, contrapuntal voice coming from a cellist rather than a pianist, that instrument’s dual rhythmic and melodic qualities create more distinctive fare. MORE

November 14, 2005


Peace Warriors
Random Chance Records RCD22

Dating from an interregnum between a late career return to more progressive surroundings and earlier experimental work, PEACE WARRIOR reissues two sessions which add to under-recorded Philadelphia vibraphonist Khan Jamal’s scant discography. It’s too bad the 10 selections couldn’t have more musical meat on the rather lightweight frame.

Born in 1946, by the early 1980s Jamal had already put in time with players like drummer Sunny Murray, fiddler Billy Bang and South African bassist Johnny Dyani. Recently he’s recorded in the company of Free Jazz’s Lower East Side division: pianist Matthew Ship and bassist William Parker. MORE

April 28, 2003


Thirsty Ear THI57127.2

Antipop Consortium Vs. Matthew Shipp
Thirsty Ear THI57120.2

When SONGS, his CD of standards came out about a year ago, it seemed that Matthew Shipp had decided to become Anthony Braxton and record his own interpretation of many traditional jazz compositions and standards.

Those presumptions have certainly gone out the window on evidence of these two CDs. One links Shipp and company with the synths and programming of FLAM; the other finds him collaborating with hip-hoppers Antipop Consortium. Judging by his simple, rhythmic playing on these sessions, however, the pianist may now be aiming to be the next Ramsey Lewis. MORE

October 1, 2001


It's Krunch Time
Thirsty Ear THI 57107.2

In jazz a new form of purported fellow traveler has emerged. Fellow travelers were folks persecuted by venomous right wingers like Senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s not because they were so-called Reds -- a dubious proposition at best -- but because they moved in the same circles as suspected communists.

For this association, rather than ideology, many people suddenly had to struggle for work. It appears that jazz's neo-con cabal would like to practice their own brand of repressive McCarthyism on musicians who move in certain circles. MORE