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Khan Jamal (1946-2022)

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Vibraphonist and composer Khan Jamal has died at 75 according to Brewerytown Beats, the record store and label that was working closely with him in recent years.

I'd heard he was having serious health issues so I guess it's not a shock, but 2022 is starting off to be quite a bummer. RIP.

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Oh no.

A great musician and a stalwart. As well as his great leader dates, I’ve been very much enjoying him on Dwight James’ the Inner Heat over the past few weeks.

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yeah, that Dwight James album is good. I always dug his playing as well; saw him once with Jemeel Moondoc -- same band that recorded Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (great) -- and possibly on another occasion I'm not flashing on at the moment.

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2 minutes ago, clifford_thornton said:

yeah, that Dwight James album is good. I always dug his playing as well; saw him once with Jemeel Moondoc -- same band that recorded Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (great) -- and possibly on another occasion I'm not flashing on at the moment.

We must've crossed paths! This was ca.2000-2002. They used to play in the old Jazz Gallery on Hudson St., if my memory is not fooling me. It was a very good band!

 

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yeah, I'm sure we must've been in the same room. I saw them at the Knitting Factory in 2001 for the Vision Festival.

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Enjoyed everything I heard him play.

Another loss, 2022 can stop right now

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The most memorable night I had at the Knit was in 2002 -

Dr. Art Davis
Dick Griffin
James Carter
Dave Burrell
Cecil Brooks
Candido (!!!!)

 It was an amazing night! They played  a 30 minute long version of Africa, and Jimi Hendrix's Purple Haze.

 

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24 minutes ago, clifford_thornton said:

yeah, that Dwight James album is good. I always dug his playing as well; saw him once with Jemeel Moondoc -- same band that recorded Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (great) -- and possibly on another occasion I'm not flashing on at the moment.

In believe we both saw him in 2018. Same night as the Nu Band with Mark Whitecage? Or a different vibes player? William & Hamid also played that night with 2 trumpeters IIRC

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Consistently fine player, RIP, and stop it 2022, goddamit, or at least back off for a little while. :(

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33 minutes ago, Steve Reynolds said:

In believe we both saw him in 2018. Same night as the Nu Band with Mark Whitecage? Or a different vibes player? William & Hamid also played that night with 2 trumpeters IIRC

That was Bryan Carrott, great player as well.

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RIP.

Lots of love out there for Sounds of Liberation, Drum Dance, and Infinity, and people are getting hip to the 70s Steeplechases, but he made a number of very fine recordings for CIMP later in life in the company of compatriots like Byard Lancaster and Odean Pope that I hope will one day get some equal attention. It seems these days that the whole of an artist's life isn't appreciated as much as it should be. 

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Damn another great musician :( I really dig his playing. Love his funky free music. Time to spin Infinity once more in his honor. Sounds of Liberation was such a revelation to me. Love that band and that date

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This has been a brutal January. Thank you, Mr. Jamal, for the music.

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1 hour ago, clifford_thornton said:

That was Bryan Carrott, great player as well.

Thanks so much. I forgot and after posting I’m sure Carrott is much younger

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3 hours ago, clifford_thornton said:

saw him once with Jemeel Moondoc -- same band that recorded Revolt of the Negro Lawn Jockeys (great) -- 

I saw this band as well, probably around 2002 in Washington, DC. It was an excellent concert, and Jamal's playing was the highlight - all these overtones...

Love his trio album with Pierre Dorge and Johnny Dyani on SteepleChase, one of my most-listend jazz albums of the last 20 years or so.    

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2 hours ago, clifford_thornton said:

That was Bryan Carrott, great player as well.

Carrott played live and on record with my friend Ruth Naomi Floyd, and I had a really interesting conversation with him during the recording sessions for one of her albums.  Amazing player, I've never heard him captured nearly as well on record as he can play live.  Jamal was a favorite of mine, have enjoyed so much of his work over the past five decades.  Never got to see him live, even though I'm in the Philly area.

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Speak Easy. It's a weird looking record, almost looks like a Toto record, but this record is incredible! 

Signed it too, glad to have it. And his work with Shipp and Parker are keepsakes. 

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A great musician .... R.I.P ....

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RIP

.It would be nice(don't hold your breath) if Jamal's 1974 solo/.duo session,"Give The Vibes Some" was reissued.

 

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How sad, RIP. I must admit that I had only recently started to get to know his music on the back of a very good reissue of Infinity on Paul Murphy's Jazzroom records. Searching around for more information after buying the record,  I came across this interesting interview in Cadence: http://www.cadencejazzmagazine.com/membersonly/admin/assets/Khan%20Jamal.pdf

As an aside, I miss the interviews in Cadence, most of the current jazz press is bland.

Anthony

London

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3 hours ago, walt said:

RIP

.It would be nice(don't hold your breath) if Jamal's 1974 solo/.duo session,"Give The Vibes Some" was reissued.

 

[VIDEO]

Awesome. 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, walt said:

RIP

It would be nice(don't hold your breath) if Jamal's 1974 solo/.duo session,"Give The Vibes Some" was reissued.

Excellent platter ....

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"Give The Vibes Some" is on Palm and Soufflé Continu seem to be slowly working through reissuing that catalogue so I'm ever hopeful.  We may get Baikida Carroll's "Orange Fish Tears" too, we can but live in hope

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25 minutes ago, mjazzg said:

We may get Baikida Carroll's "Orange Fish Tears" too, we can but live in hope

That's up there with Abdul Wadud's "By Myself" in my list of reissues that I would order upon announcement. 

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