At I Shall Get Over - Kleeer - Taste The Music, he attended the Boston Conservatory and later worked as the lead alto in the Fletcher Henderson band, billed as Eddie Gregory.
After his religious conversion, he fell in with the early bop movement, recording several now-famous sides on alto with Thelonious Monk for Blue Note in andand playing with Art Blakey in and the Tadd Dameron band in Following some empty patches where he had to work odd jobs for a living, Shihab played with Dizzy Gillespie inIllinois Jacquet inand the Oscar Pettiford big band in After arriving in Europe Fight Fire With Fire - Metallica - Полная Коллекция Альбомов Quincy Jones ' big band inhe remained there until mostly in Sahib Shihab - And All Those Cats except for a long Los Angeles interlude While on the Continent, he played in the Clarke - Boland big band for nearly a decade ; he can be heard applying advanced vocal effects to his attractive flute work on the superb Clarke-Boland Big Band LP Atlantic, He recorded only a handful of albums as a leader over the decades for Savoy, Argo, Atlantic, and Chess; a live date in Copenhagen is available on Black Lion.
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EP Collection. Recording with some of Sahib Shihab - And All Those Cats legends of bop, before embarking on Sahib Shihab - And All Those Cats European career in jazz as a soloist and member of the successful Clarke Boland Big Band. He was born Edmond Gregory in Savannah, Georgia inhis earliest professional experience playing alto with Luther Henderson's band, at the tender age of thirteen.
After a period of study at the Boston Conservatory he went on to play with trumpet great Roy Eldridge and lead alto with Fletcher Henderson in the mid forties. Here he was still billed as Eddie Gregory but in he became an early jazz convert to Islam, rather quaintly referred to as Mohammedanism in the vernacular of the day.
The Bop explosion of the late 's that swept through jazz gripped Sahib Shihab, as many others and he quickly became one of the leading Parker influenced altoists Anal Juice - Pornoize - Brutal Stench Of Smelling Pussy the day.
Proving himself well equipped to deal with the complexities of the new music, he contributed to a series of classic sides with Theolonius Monk, between 51 laying down some of the cornerstones of Bop's recorded history, including the original version of "Round About Midnight.
The invitation to play with Dizzy Gillespie's big band in the early fifties was of particular significance as it marked Sahib's switch to Baritone, the instrument he became most readily associated with. By the end of the fifties Sahib Shihab had become increasingly embittered by the position of the jazzman in the United States and in particular racial tension.
And I Sahib Shihab - And All Those Cats to get away from some of the prejudice. I don't have time for this racial bit. It depletes my energies. He decided to make Scandinavia his home and lived between Denmark and Sweden according to work permit allowances for the next twelve years. Here he found the 'survival and peace of mind' he needed and was soon active writing scores for television, cinema and the theatre and secured work at Copenhagen Polytechnic. Sahib Shihab remained a key figure in the Sahib Shihab - And All Those Cats for its 12 year run.
Contributing his gruff, fluent sound on baritone and his fluttering expressive flute to many recordings and live settings. His idiosyncratic and distinctive style was well suited to the unpredictable arrangements of the band. His own work from the 's and early 70's provides a fascinating document of a man completely at home with the idea of individuality and self-expression. While his earlier influences of swing and his days with Monk are evident, he manages to define himself on a variety of standards, ballads, and his own unusual compositions, often featuring curious arrangements and tempo changes.
His flute technique is highlighted on the roaring "Om Mani Padme Hum" where, over a driving minor Latin groove; he applies his rich full tone along with an array of vocal expressions not dissimilar to Roland Kirk or Yusef Lateef.
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