My first dive into spiritual was through Gerald ‘The Jazzman’ Short’s infamously heady comps. Consistently delivering the promise of expanding horizons, I gladly recommend any in the series and welcome Islam into the running. Focusing on the influence of newfound faith across the civil rights movement, Jazzman celebrates the enlightened efforts of Islamic jazz musicians 1950 – 1980. A perfect article of the variety and creativity mustered in a particularly conflicted era, the Islamic flair in musical thinking whether form or structure is nothing short of inspired, and noticeable as it is shape-shifting. Heavyweights Lateef, Abdul- Malik and Sulieman all feature, but do not think the boundaries are well drawn- broader, deeper and heavier than you think.
Words: Rajan Sundavadra