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Khan Jamal

Give The Vibes Some (LP)

Label: seriE.WOC

Format: LP

Genre: Jazz

Preorder: due on/around March 25


Bomb! Khan Jamal doesn't need much introduction: Born Warren Robert Cheeseboro, he was a jazz vibraphone and marimba player from Philly. He founded the band Sounds of Liberation in 1970 with Byard Lancaster. In 1974, during one of his many trips to the old continent, he recorded this album in France at Jeff Gilson's Palm studio. It is a delicate game of lucid and intense contrasts between Christian Vander's drums provides a rock oriented touch, the marimba and the vibes with influences from the lands of the rising sun of Jamal and the composed trumpet of Clint Jackson III which anchor "Give the vibes Some" in a sort of Space Age Jazz era. Starting off with “Pure Energy" with track lives up to its name as Jamal and drummer Hassan Rashid (=Vander) build a rippling and rolling improvisation that develops into a very exciting dialogue. Ringing vibes and rolling drums develop an unstoppable momentum, and the percussion duet is fascinating to hear.

35,007 Feet Up" is the centerpiece of the LP and just an awesome performance with Jamal back on vibes and Rashied returning to the drum seat. After vibes open with an Asian sounding motif, shimmering vibes and then strong supple drumming move together for a collaborative free improvisation. The music is exciting and courageous, fast and strong and loaded with nimble and dexterous playing. Spinning out into an awesome epic, the music is hypnotic and memorable. 



Cat. number: EWOC-019
Year: 2023

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