Ahmed Abdul-Malik

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz oud bass sudan world sudanese jazz bass jazz fusion Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s

Biography

30 January 1927, New York City, New York, USA, d. 2 October 1993, Long Branch, New Jersey, USA. Abdul-Malik enjoyed successful careers in two musical areas, often combining them. As a jazz bass player, he performed with enough major artists to secure a firm place in the jazz history books. He accompanied Art Blakey and Don Byas in 1948, Randy Weston for three years starting in 1954, Thelonious Monk in 1957 and 1958, Herbie Mann in 1961, Earl Hines in 1964, and Ken McIntyre in 1971, and appeared at jazz festivals in Montreux, Switzerland and New York. Abdul-Malik’s other area of expertise developed after studying African and Middle-Eastern music at university. Playing the ’ud (similar to a lute), he recorded with John Coltrane in 1961, and undertook a US State Department-sponsored tour of South America the same year. Having played at the historic African Jazz Festival in Tangier in 1972, and recorded with Hamiet Bluiett in 1977, Abdul-Malik was a...

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