FILE UNDER: POPCORN SOUL JAZZ R&B BARCODE CD 5036468200923 / 2LP 5036468000929
SPIRITUAL JAZZ - VOLUME 7: ISLAM - VARIOUS ARTISTS label JAZZMAN (JMAN-092)

 

Tracklist:

01 Humility in the Light of Creator - Maurice McIntyre play button
02 Africanos/Latinos - Ritual Trio play button
03 Kalahari Suite - Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim play button
04 Uhuru - Creative Arts Ensemble play button
05 Mevlana - East New York Ensemble de Music play button
06 The Camel - Idrees Sulieman play button
07 Morning -Yusef Lateef
08 Nus - Sabu & Sahib Shihab
09 Ah Ya Zen - Abdelrahman 'Abdo' Elkhatib & Solar Plexus
10 All Praises to Allah, Pt. 1 & 2 - The Lightmen
11 Nadusilma - Ahmed Abdul-Malik
12 Taumbu - Dawan Muhammad

Songs ancient and divine - the seventh volume of our acclaimed Spiritual Jazz series examines the influence and impact of Islam on four decades of jazz innovation.

Through Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, the civil rights era in America saw African American liberation politics famously associated with Islamic belief. This was not the first time that radical developments in African American cultural life had been widely and famously associated with Islam - that distinction belongs not to political or sporting giants, but to the progressive jazz musicians of the bebop generation. Kenny Clarke, Art Blakey, Sahib Shihab, Gigi Gryce, Idrees Sulieman, Ahmad Jamal, Yusef Lateef; all these legendary jazz pioneers - and countless more - were early converts to the spiritually charged Ahmadiyya school of Islam.

Their faith profoundly influenced the music that they made, and the presence of prominent and innovative Muslim musicians at the heart of jazz culture in America has been recognised ever since. The tracks on this collection follow the story of Islam and jazz from the 1950s to the 1980s. Recorded by Muslim jazz musicians, they often draw specifically on

Middle Eastern or Islamic music, dream of an esoteric or spiritual Afro-East, or invoke the landscape and sound worlds of Islamic Africa. Spiritual Jazz 7 presents a selection of visionary music - inspired by faith, powered by jazz.