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June 23, 2021

Hasaan Ibn Ali

Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album
Omnivore Recordings OVCD-411

Evidence keeps mounting that Thelonious Monk was less of an outlier as pianist/ composer than is generally thought. Since most Jazz history rests on the Great Man theory there was only space for one quirky stylist in those categories until Cecil Taylor arrived. Monk was eventually accepted into the Jazz Pantheon. Yet careful study reveals others 1950s/1960s pianists as idiosyncratically skilled as the New Yorker, but vastly under-recorded. They include Boston’s Lowell Davidson Harlem’s Herbie Nichols and Philadelphia’s Hasaan Ibn Ali (1931-1980). Known for one 1964 trio LP with Max Roach, the recently unearthed Metaphysics doubles Ali’s discography and confirms he didn’t need Roach to impress. Instead the Ali compositions feature tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, a long-time member of Roach’s bands, bassist Art Davis, who worked with just about everyone at the time and journeyman drummer Kalil Madi MORE