21 April 2014

BLACK UNITY TRIO "AL - FATIHAH" (SALAAM 777-A)

Joe Phillips here credited under his muslim name Yusuf Mumin plays alto sax. He is accompanied by Abdul Wadud on cello and bass, credited under his birth name Ron (Ronald) DeVaughn. The last musician, Haasan-Al-hut on percussions, is I think a totally unknown player that was recorded only during this session. The more well-known of the participants is of course Wadud who is one of most important cellists in free jazz. The only other known session to which Phillips participated was the ESP recording of trumpeter Norman Howard that was just recently reissued as "Burn Baby Burn" ... also a pretty obscure recording in itself (we're reaching the darkest corners of free jazz history here !). The group was from the Cleveland area, probably from Oberlin where Wadud studied. Recording date is not indicated but we can think that it took place after 1968 (recording of the Norman Howard ESP session where Phillips is not listed under his muslim name) and before 1972 (release of Julius Hemphill's "Dogon A.D." where Wadud is credited under his muslim name and do not double on bass anymore).

A word on the label and pressing. Amongst the rather small amount of info featured on the back cover, we learn that the disc was manufactured by Rite Records, an Ohio based operation offering low-costs packaging to its customers that included everything needed to make a record : recording, mixing, mastering and pressing. It is likely that the "Salaam" label existed only with the release of this record (the catalog number would second that, its choice seems more related to symbolism than to practical counting reasons).

That's it for the historical info. Maybe something on the music itself later but trust me, it is pretty good. My favourite part of the record is the second side, just check Wadud's arco work on "Opening Prayer" and on the intro of "John's Vision" and I think you'll be convinced.

As my rip originates from a cassette copy (lots of thanks to NK from Japan by the way) I choosed to post only MP3 at 320, but if some of our readers really want to get a lossless version just let me know in the comments.


Dedicated to all those not yet members of the Braxton sect :).

Enjoy,
Pierre

36 comments:

nad3170 said...
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gilhodges said...

What a grand offering! I went to Oberlin a decade after Abdul Wadud. The Co-Op bookstore there always had a bin of recordings by past students, including multiple copies of Wadud's wonderful solo album "By Myself." I bought that one back in '79, but I've always wanted this one. Deeply appreciated.

nad3170 said...

Gil, glad to have helped you hearing this rare piece at last. I had to trade by mail for a cassette of this with a Japanese friend ! Can you confirm that this particular group was active in Oberlin ? I think so according to the info I was able to gather but facts are rather unclear when it comes to this record.
Just in case you would have an additional copy of Wadud's "By Myself" I would be interested in getting it, and if not do you have the possibility of ripping it to share here ? That would be very nice for sure.


A call to all readers : we're planning to do a short series of posts on the Penck LPs, so anyone that would have some of the titles in his collection is invited to contribute !

Anonymous said...

wow, thanks for this gem. what ever happened to Abdul Wadud???????????? what a genius of a player, so so free and lyrical. i'm hoping he resurfaces in a grimes-like fashion.......

joel in chicago
brownricemusic.org

dalemcbdnl said...

Pierre;
First, thank you for this rare jewel!! I'm just now listening to it. The sound is actually fine and the music is really wonderful. But there are only 5 cuts. "Final Expression" is missing. Is that what's on your tape? If so you may need to request one more favor from your friend in Japan.

Dale

nad3170 said...

Thanks for pointing the mistake Dale, I did had the last cut on my hard drive but just forgot to include it in the .rar archive. So, here it is :

http://rapidshare.com/files/118296145/b4_final_expression.mp3.html

Consider this my personal thanks for the great music you shared with us here.

Pierre

dalemcbdnl said...

Thanks Pierre. This is a phenomenal find. As for the music 'wallofsound' has been sharing - I feel honored that he (Tim) has been inclined to post a few of the albums/performances I've shared with him. My main, indeed ONLY, motive is to get this rare and important music into the public domain. ALL of you at Inconstantsol are the ones to thank and congratulate.

Dale

Nick said...

All I can do is echo the thanks. Never thought I'd actually ever hear this, but lo and behold, here it is. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

Frank Wells said...

Thank you, Pierre — and I got a kick from the comment on the Braxton sect! My great-great grandmother was actually the first female to graduate from Oberlin — didn't even know Wadud went there.

I hope it's OK to throw out a line here: on another board there was mention of Savoy's "New Jazz Series" — fairly obscure records by Joseph Scianni, Jack Brokensha, Marc Levin, and Ed Curran among others, all dating from 1962-1967. If anyone had any of these rare vinyls and was willing to share, that'd of course be great. Many thanks.

Tantris said...

Pierre - thank you for posting something which is totally new for me and which I am looking forward to listening to this weekend.

Cheers, Tantris

Anonymous said...

what ever happened to Abdul Wadud????????????

Some years ago Erik Friedlander played a really nice piece by Wadud with his band Topaz and he said Wadud is only teaching since many years and isn´t performing or recording anymore - unfortunately...

Andreas in Mainz

GBML said...

This is really new to me & i'm very curious about it. Thanks a lot nad3170.

Anonymous said...

I have the Wadud LP (solo) but i really have no idea what i do need and whow i do rip it on my Mac.

Any idea?

Thanks for BU Trio a really rare LP

nad3170 said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for the offer, but I can't really say what you would need to rip that LP. What gear do you have in your possession exactly ?
You would in theory need a turntable with a preamp going into an external sound card branched into your computer (don't know the quality of the built-in mac sound card but it is probably not very good). The alternate way and easiest would be recording the LP on a stand alone CD burner. If you can do that let me know and I'll explain how to tansfer to .flac or .mp3 and uploading it on the net (if needed, of course !). Another way would be recording the LP on a cassette and sending it to me through the regular 'snail' mail. I could then transfer it to the PC etc.

Best,
Pierre

ubu said...

only just saw this one - thanks a lot, looks interesting!


as for Penck, I assume one of you did get the following show from dime, a few months ago?

Wright, Frank
March 4, 1990
Ulm (DE), Galerie Holm
Frank Wright (ts,alto cl,voc), Frank Wollny (elb), ar.penck (d)
Sound: B+
TT: 46 min
dime, aud; recorded at a vernissage of ar.penck's (Ralf Winkler) graphical works
1.-5. unknown

if not, let me know once your festival is under way and I'll try and put it up on my place then!

bayviewsax-lostsoul.blogspot.com said...

This IS a great find. I finally got round to giving it a listen (DL'd it awhile back, but have a huge backlog). It's not quite to the level of say, Dogon A.D., but this is interesting and creative music. Wadud's work is especially impressive throughout. The sound is a bit off-putting at times (sounds like it may have been recorded in a church), but Wadud makes it all worthwhile. Just think how much more of this stuff may be out there. And think how easy it would be to produce it, now!

marramua said...

Incredible record.. so many thanks...

pecus said...

Brilliant! Thank you!! The sound quality is excellent, and the music is wonderful.

taro nombei said...

I'm rather late to this but...
thanks so much for this great post.
Much appreciated!
TN

onxidlib said...

I just discovered this gemm here.

Fantastic music in my opinion.

Thank you for sharing.

You mentioned that it would be possible to get it as flac....

If still possible it would be great(er).

SOTISE said...

Courtesy of our pal nad3170, here is a link to new flac files


http://www.megaupload.com/?d=IU66O0CC


S
5-11-2010

magogiallo said...

olà...how many incredible records in the last days!!...I have DLed this one something like two years ago but only mp3, so I know it very well, an incredible record and Wadud as always is super. Thank you so much for upgrade to flac...gilhodges I am really interested in "by myself" that I have never listen, an upload it will be really appreciate Thank you

@320 said...

Hmm, I am wondering where's this FLAC "upgrade" coming from? I can't hear the difference with already posted 320 cassette rip, even the LP cracks are the same. I wonder if this is an "upgrade" of the same rip.

BTW, since the source seems to be the same, I don't mind 320kbps, and in most cases, I prefer it over FLAC.

ooftü said...

could anyone please reup this one?

Ankit Kanwat said...

would be much obliged if someone would reup this in flac format? thanks in advance

regards,
avishv

onxidlib said...

I'll do it - probably already tonight.

Anonymous said...

hehe ,i think you have forgot? anyway do that whenever you are free..if possible in flac. thanks.

onxidlib said...

...not forgotten - but it will need about ten days - real life is demanding my attention.
I want to declick it before posting...

onxidlib said...
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avishv said...

Ah thanks so much man. Much obliged.

onxidlib said...

New links for this great share from Pierre...still grateful!
1f
ZS1
ZS2

DoctorPepperOz said...

Rapidshare link has gone. Please use someone else who doesn't drop links at the slightest suggestion. Zippyshare maybe.

onxidlib said...

@ DoctorPepperOz - hey - right above your comment you'll find the links to Zippyshare > ZS.
Plus 1f for a link to 1fichier.
That should fulfill your request ;-)

DoctorPepperOz said...

Sincere apologies. Blame old age. Thanks for this wonderful gem which I have never heard before and I thought I had heard every free jazz album!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. Been looking for this LP forever. Considering rarity and price, I thought I might never get to hear it. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks!