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Ahmed Abdul-Malik

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Born: January 30, 1927    Primary Instrument: Bass

Ahmed Abdul-Malik

Bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik was one of the first musicians to introduce Arabic music into jazz and the first to use the oud, a pear-shaped, traditional Middle Eastern stringed instrument similar to a lute as a jazz instrument. He was born on January 30th 1927 to Sudanese parents in Brooklyn and grew up in the borough’s Arab neighborhood. According the most recent edition of the Rough Guide to Jazz he did not change his name to Ahmed Abdul-Malik in the mid- 50s but was given that name at birth. He started studying music at age 7; first violin then bass, piano and even tuba. His first jobs as a musician were when he was still a teenager and included symphony orchestras and different ethnic weddings...
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As a Leader

Jazz Sahara
OJC
1958
Tracks: Ya Annas; Isma'a; El Haris; Farah 'Alaiyna.
Personnel: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass, oud; Bilal Abdurrahman: clarinet; Jackie Ghanaim: kanun; Johnny Griffin: tenor saxophone; Mike Hamway: darabeka; Al Harewood: drums; Naim Karacand: violin.


East Meets West
RCA
1959
Tracks: E-Lail (The Night); La Ilbky (Don't Cry); Takseem (Solo); Searchin'; Isma'a (Listen) ; Rooh (The Soul); Mahawara ; El Ghada.
Personnel: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass, oud; Bilal Abdurrahman: percussion; Ahmed Yetman: kanun; Benny Golson and Johnny Griffin: tenor saxophone; Curtis Fuller: trombone; Lee Morgan: trumpet; Jerome Richardson: flute; Mike Hamway: darabeka; Al Harewood: drums; Naim Karacand: violin.


The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik
New Jazz
1961
Tracks: Nights On Saturn; The Hustlers; Oud Blues; La Ibkey; Don't Blame Me; Hannibal's Carnivals.
Personnel: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass, oud; Calo Scott: violin, cello; Tommy Turrentine: trumpet; Eric Dixon: tenor saxophone; Bilal Abdurrahman: clarinet, percussion, Korean reed instrument; Andrew Cyrille: drums.


Sounds of Africa
New Jazz
1962
Tracks: Wakida Hena; African Bossa Nova; Nadusilma; Out of Nowhere; Communication; Suffering.
Personnel: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass, oud; Calo Scott: violin; Richard Williams: trumpet; Edwin Steede: alto saxophone; Taft Chandler: tenor saxophone; Rupert Allenye-flute; Rudy Collins: drums; Montego Joe: conga, bongo; Chief Bey: African drum.


Eastern Moods of Ahmed Abdul Malik
New Jazz
1963
Tracks: Sa-Ra-Ga-Ya-Hindi; Sho-Habebe ; Summertime; Magrebi; Ancient Scene.
Personnel: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass, oud; Bilal Abdurrahman: clarinet, flute, percussion, alto sax; William Allen: bass, percussion.


Spellbound
Status
1965
Tracks: Spellbound; Never on Sunday; Body and Soul; Song of Delilah; Cinema Blues.
Personnel: Ahmed Abdul-Malik: bass, oud; Hamza Aldeen: oud; Ray Nancet: trumpet, violin, cornet; Paul Neves: piano; Walter Perkins: drums; Seldon Powell: flute, tenor sax.

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