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Alex Potts

R.I.P. Nadi Qamar (1917-2020)

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Interesting figure indeed; would be interested in getting his Folkways solo LP someday. 103 is quite a run.

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I'll have to listen to his work with Mingus and Andrew Hill again soon.   Thank you for the music, Mr. Qamar, and rest in peace.

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RIP. Thanks for being there and doing that.

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Probably like many, I only know his music via Andrew Hill's Compulsion! or some piano recordings with Charles Mingus & Max Roach.  Stunning colleagues indeed...

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Thanks for posting this! Played Compulsion yesterday, and then this Allen Eager LP which has one side live in a Quintet with Howard McGhee and Qamar on piano from 1953

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Nadi Qamar played a gig at Southend Musicworks in Chicago in 1990. To the extent i remember it, I think he mostly played piano and kalimba. Quite a feat for the venue to have tracked him down in those pre-WWW days. I assume he probably drove down from Wisconsin. I've always wondered what happened to him - amazing that he lived such a long, productive life.

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What a life! And proof that a great musician much too often is not widely known or on a lot of records. I always enjoyed his playing and especially his love for African instruments. Like here:

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