[JPL] Salim Washington and The Harlem Arts Ensemble's Harlem
lrt0393 at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 20 18:16:47 EDT 2006
I have had the distinct and extremely gratifying pleasure to hear Salim
Washington (perhaps I should say Dr. Washington, who has a doctorate from
Harvard) perform at St. Nick's Pub in Harlem (my former hometown) on St.
Nicholas Ave. and 149th Street on several wonderful occasions. His
ever-present smile and good vibes mixed with that beautiful full tone that
comes out of his saxophone is worth his weight in gold. I would highly
recommend jazz programmers and the like to give his new album a listen. He
has a great deal of respect for the masters--John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan,
Dexter Gordon et al, yet he has his own sound, one that has a futuristic
all-encompassing colorful sound. His new recording," Harlem Homecoming"
(Ujamm Records) is long overdue and is a welcomed addition to the annals of
must-hear and must-have music. The cast of characters include serious
musical all-stars like Frank "Kuumba" Lacy and Donald Smith, who performs
with Washington every Friday night at St. Nick's. The next time you are in
NYC please go check them out! Incidentally. they are scheduled to tour the
East Coast this October. So if you can't make it to St. Nick's, then maybe
you can catch them on the tour. My favorite cut on the album is "Stranded."
You might want to try that out for starters.
Larry Reni Thomas
Sunday Night Jazz Host
Chapel Hill-Carrboro, NC
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