is some of the most interesting music that I have ever been
Saxophone, Germanic Flute, Algaita, Shannie, Bamboo
Flute, Indian Temple Flute, Moan Flute, vocals, Taiwan
Koto, and Gourdophone.
Drums: Kamal Sabir was born in the South Bronx
of New York City, and in his early musical Studies sat
under the teaching of master drummers Charles Persip,
Michael Carvin, Stick Evans as well as the reputable
Jazzmobile Workshops. His non-formal music education
also included the influences of his Puerto Rican heritage,
the pop culture of his inner city upbringing and multicultural
musical influences from his world travels. Kamal
has performed professionally for twenty years. He effectively
combines the traditions of African-American music, pop,
gospel and other contemporary styles with the exploratory
drive of the avant-garde into a uniquely dynamic and
personal style. As a five year member of Ornette
Coleman's group Prime Time, Sabir is proficient
in Coleman's harmonic concept, which has had a major
impact on contemporary improvisational music.
Piano: Born in Manhattan, New York City,
I grew up playing the piano since I was seven years
old. I learned at the Harlem School of the Arts with
a definite concentration on classical music.
It was not until I was sixteen that I began learning
music outside of the classical realm. I was
exposed to the African American art form labeled "Jazz".
At that point I was made aware of the different styles
of music from all around the world. In 1995
I entered the University of Massachusetts and met
Brother Yusef Lateef. The importance of that
is that he has given me a way to express my nontraditional
perspective of music. On this recording I get
a beautiful opportunity to do what I love to do.
For this I am forever thankful to brother Yusef.
Tribute Concert for Yusef Lateef
YAL's 10th Anniversary
Yusef Lateef, Kamal Sabir, Alex J. Marcello, Tim Dahl, Juan
Cruz and Matt Abidh Waugh
Featuring Hampshire College, The University of Massachussets
at Amherst and Five Colleges, Inc.
Bass: Tim Dahl studied electric bass and double
bass with Bruce Gertz while in high school. He went
on to study music at the University of Massachussets
at Amherst. Theree he studied theory and composition
with Yusef Lateef and double bass with Sal Macchia.
Also while studying at UMass, Tim Dahl performed with
Yusef Lateef and Archie Shepp. After graduating
in 1997 he moved to New York and has since performed
with Stanley Jordan, Cody Moffet, Dougie Browne, Yusef
Lateef, Bob Dee, and his own group: the Hub. The
Hub is made up of Tim Dahl, Sean Noonan, and Dan Magan.
They have toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe
and Japan. They have also produced three albums:
Vandalism, Acciden,t and their newest release: Trucker
Tenor Saxophone, C Flute, Alto Flute, "Natural"
hole flutes, Bamboo Zephyr Cylinder, Guideon/sp;icket
Cruzophone, miscellaneous custom instruments. "Juan's
inventiveness and creativityh is only surpassed by his
humbleness." --Yusef Lateef. "Juan
Cruz is a former student who possesses a wonderful sense
of imagination and sensitivity and brings an original
concept to everything he does."--Archie Schepp
Electric Guitar and Live Computer Processing