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Ahmed Abdullah

The Brooklyn-based trumpeter is a living memory of the Seventies’ Loft Movement, in association with its most adventurous musicians, like Ed Blackwell, Sam Rivers, Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Hamiet Bluiett, Rashied Ali and others.


For 18 years he was also a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and as such he’s involved in no less than 25 albums composed and directed by the ambassador of Saturn in our planet. After Ra’s departure from Earth in 1993, he continued to play in the Arkestra until 1997.


Leader of his own groups, among them Diaspora, NAM and Ebonic Tones, Ahmed Abdullah is also a teacher, namely at PS3 and New School University, and a writer and theorician. A good part of Abdullah’s activity is spent in organizing events and courses that show how influential Sun Ra was for many musicians.


His trumpet playing is an extension of the tradition personalized by Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard in a free jazz-oriented context, remembering early Ornette Coleman but with a strong blues inflection and an awareness of the trumpet role in Duke Ellington’s orchestras.


Bubber Miley, Freddie Jenkins, Rex Stewart, Cootie Williams, Clark Terry and Ray Nance, the great trumpeters employed by the Maestro during the years, are ghostly presences in his playing...




Ahmed Abdullah's records on clean feed
Song of Time - Live at the Vision Festival
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