Spiritual Jazz 7: Islam
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Esoteric, Modal and Progressive Jazz inspired by Islam 1957 - 1988
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.
· 2LP gatefold
· Extensive liner notes & pics
· Many tracks never before reissued
· Only on Jazzman – all because WE DIG DEEPER!
"Massive depth!" - Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music
"Lovely! Always a fan of the eastern flavoured modal jazz and this will add to the collection nicely. Dug deep as ever!" - Ross Allen, NTS / Mi-Soul Radio
"Heavyweight selection!" - Mark de Clive-Lowe, Mashibeats
"Tremendous!" - Andrew Mason, Wax Poetics
"Love this!" - Lefto, Worldwide FM
"All killer, no filler!" - Jon More, Ninja Tune / Coldcut
"Amazing, as usual!" - Mathieu Schreyer, KCRW
"Another strong collection!" - Amar Patel, Straight No Chaser