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Hasan Abdur-Razzaq Hasan Abdur-Razzaq

My name is Hasan Abdur-Razzaq. My art forms include saxophone, cello, hand percussion, acrylic painting, linoleum block prints, and computer art. I am also a collector of jazz periodicals, historical information, photography, and poster art.

I was born in 1949 in Montgomery, Alabama, was raised in Cleveland and also have lived in New York, and presently- Columbus.

As a young man I always wanted to play an instrument. As I grew older I turned my artistic talents toward drawing and painting. This was a path that I continued to pursue throughout high school. It was also during this time however that I met some local musicians.

Alsphere Jennings, a drummer, is who I can say started me onto my path of a musical and creative pursuit in jazz. He suggested that I listen to Horace Silver on Blue Note, Yusef Lateef on Impulse, “Psychichemotus”, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, I Talk To The Spirits, and John Coltrane on Impulse.

These recordings of course were not the end all to my listening experience but only the beginning of a long journey through the universal inception of ideas, possibilities, sound textures, and experimentation.

Curiosity drove me to seek out the bridge of transitional connectivity that fostered such force and power into a musical composition. Force and power, but not “anger.” Coltrane never expressed anger in his music. What may have appeared so was indeed his ability and foresight to combine many ideas at the same time, to be played, analyzed, and assessed all in a single musical statement.

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”Truly...his inspired playing invokes the living spirit of Albert Ayler.” - Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz

“Ohio trio Wizards, which featured the impressive sax work of free jazz veteran Hasan Abdur-Razzaq, whose caustic, spiritual tone recalled the roaring cries of Albert Ayler.” - Kyle Long, NUVO - Indianapolis

“His work combines elements of ecstatic free jazz with periods of more reflective sounds. Travel to Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, and study of African rhythms through hand drumming, have contributed to his sound through a consciousness of global musical culture

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Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane John Coltrane
Eric Dolphy Eric Dolphy


Albums by Hasan Abdur-Razzaq

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