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Few musicians leave their audiences with a feeling that they have truly witnessed something amazing. Artist/Producer/Performer/Arranger/Innovator and Bassist - Jamaaladeen Tacuma does just that.

This native Philadelphian has always stretched the old mold of what and how a bassist is supposed to play. Tacuma has simply re-defined his instrument's artistic potential.

In the mid 70's, his creatively free approach to the bass caught the eye and ear of the legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Tacuma became a member of Coleman's electric band, Prime Time, he toured with the group and played on some of Coleman's historic recordings such as: “Dancing In Your Head”, “Body Meta”, and “Of Human Feelings”.

As a soloist, Tacuma continued to press the musical envelope with his debut album in 1983 entitled simply, “Showstopper”. Several records followed, some of which include: Renaissance Man (1984), Music World (1987) and JukeBox (1989), which confirmed his ability to flip between various musical genres. Even the critics have had high praise for Tacuma's musicianship and artistry. In 1981, he received the highest number of votes ever for an electric bassist in the “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” category of the Down Beat critics' poll.

Tacuma has performed and recorded with musicians on nearly every continent. Collaborating with musicians from Japan, Korea, Europe and the Middle East.

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FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE

Jamaaladeen Tacuma is proud and honored to announce the completion of a recording project that is long awaited . A recording made up of original compositions featuring as guest his mentor and long time band leader Ornette Coleman. This album will be titled 'FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE” and will feature master saxophonist, composer, harmolodic musicologist Ornette Coleman as a guest soloist. The recording will highlight two important works, a composition that Ornette wrote for Jamaaladeen entitled TACUMA SONG, which Jamaaladeen featured on his first solo album on Gramavision records entitled SHOWSTOPPER, this Album was very special and was a result of the encouragement and musical mentorship Jamaaladeen received as a band member in Prime Time

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Album For the Love of Ornette by Jamaaladeen Tacuma

For the Love of...

Jam All Productions
2011

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Album For The Love Of Ornette by Jamaaladeen Tacuma

For The Love Of...

Jazzwerkstatt
2010

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Album Zwei by Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Zwei

Jazzwerkstatt
2009

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Album The Flavors Of Thelonious Monk Reloaded by Jamaaladeen Tacuma

The Flavors Of...

Jazzwerkstatt
2007

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Album All Basses Covered by Jamaaladeen Tacuma

All Basses Covered

Moers Music
2005

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