Friday, December 18, 2015

Khaliq Al-Rouf & Salaam - 1979 - The Elephant Trot Dance

Khaliq Al-Rouf & Salaam
The Elephant Trot Dance

01. Elephant Trot Dance
02. Sweet Eve
03. Sunset in Venus
04. Malcolm, the Call
05. Libra

1,5: Recorded at Minot Studio, White Plains, N.Y., June 18, 1975.
2,3,4: Recorded at the Platinum Factory in Brooklyn, N.Y., March 8, 1979.
"Thanks to Sunny Murray for his support in Salaam"

Flute, Soprano Saxophone – Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf
Electric Guitar – Mashujaa Aliye Salamu
Drums – Ron Anderson
Bass – Leroy Seals (1,5)
African Drums – Hakim Ali (1,5)
Percussion – Alvin Queen (1,5)
Piano – Bevin Turnbull (1,5 )
Piano – Manor Ramsey (2,3,4)
Trombone – Curtis Fowlkes (1,2,3,4)
Vocals – Beatrice Parker (1,5 )
Acoustic Bass – Mattathias Pearson (2,3,4)

This album is would appear to be the second release by The Ensemble Al-Salaam, as most of the players are present here, and the album is mainly led by Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf. The title track feels very similar too, in that deep righteous vocal jazz kind of way, but with a lot more funk thrown into the mix. The rest of the album is really quite mellow, or straight, late '70s jazz, and the tunes that are really quite mainstream, kind of seem unrelated to titles like "Malcolm, the Call". Mind you, I guess you could say that for any instrumental track. Like in Spinal Tap, where he plays the beautiful mellow guitar piece, then says it's called "Lick My Love Pump", or something along those lines. Nice overall effort, and the title track really does shine.

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