Coltrane Configurations

I once heard from a very famous Philadelphia saxophone player that once they observed John Coltrane reading a novel book and practicing on his saxophone at the very same time. This saxophone player from Philadelphia and John Coltrane were close friends and shared many musical stories. When I heard that about John Coltrane, I was amazed that one could be so open and receptive to a higher level of conciousness to attempt to do both of these task at one time. Today they call it multi-tasking and still not everyone can do it. I was already interested in John Coltrane the musician and his music, but to find out those little finer points about his life was so rewarding for me to know. John Coltrane is the perfect example of a musical artist who was not satisfied with just being a musical artist. Of course he was a great composer who wrote some of the most complex and interesting musical works that exist on the planet today. It is important for me in my life right now to continue to explore the musical minds of these greater musicians and with John Coltrane there is no exception. I am happy and proud to be a part of the Philadelphia legacy of musical artist who have lived, worked, performed and died in this so called city of Brotherly Love. In philadelphia at least once a month I ride past the house that John Coltrane lived in and also had the opportunity to do a small concert just outside of his house. I even went inside his house which I immediately got a warm musical feeling. There is so much that I can say about John Coltrane and his music, but for those who know him and his music, there is an ongoing love affair that continuously grows and for those who are just getting to know John Coltane for the first time it is like a new born baby coming into the realization of a real and convincing musical sound. COLTRANE CONFIGURATIONS is a project of mines that I pray will follow in the tradition and the spirit of John Coltrane's music. It is always my honor to pay tribute to one of music's giants and spiritual human being. That is John Coltrane - a love truly supreme

Brotherzone

 
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Daryl Burgee and Wadud Ahmad, assembled together, make up the most interestingly progressive musical experience this side of the planet Mars, known as BROTHERZONE. This funky band of spirit-soul brothers pushes the music from yesterday into today. Drawing on the sounds of soul, funk, jazz , rock, ambient poetics and the vibrations of life, BROTHERZONE creates a powerful musical tapestry. Come taste a listen!

Flavors of Thelonious Monk

Monk was one of those rare genius in Jazz. He was a complete innovator of his instrument the piano and a great composer. He took what already was there in terms of musical ideas and made those musical ideas transcend rhythm, time and space. During the height of Monk's career other musicians of that era thought of his music as strange but positively attractive. For bassist/producer Jamaaladeen Tacuma Monk's musical legacy has inspired him to explore what was going in inside of Monk's musical head. "The Flavors of Thelonious Monk" is a project first initiated with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Wolfgang Puschnig with their duet group Gemini Gemini. Jamaaladeen Tacuma later experimented with this concept and took it a step further incorporating a quartet with pianist Yoichi Uzeki drummer Tim Hutson, and Soundscape artist DJ Logic. "The Flavors of Thelonious Monk" is pleased and honoured to take those classic Monk compositions and twist, shape them with grooves that can relate to our present day audience. With Jamaaladeen laying those infectious bass foundations, Tim Hutson keeping the groovy time, DJ Logic creating atmospheric love, and Yoichi Uzeki accepting Monks spirit within, these concerts will leave their audiences with a satisfying, exciting sense of respect for Thelonious Monk and his present day interpreters.

Unsolved Mysteries


The mystery is not knowing what will happen next is the basis and foundation of Jamaaladeen Tacuma's "UNSOLVED MYSTERIES" A purely improvisational unit that weaves musical textures out of nothingness. It is an open field. A field where once there is nothing, and then there is a lot of something. Creative improvisation at its best is guitarist, vocalist JEAN PAUL BOURELLY, drummer J.T. LEWIS, and bassist JAMAALADEEN TACUMA bringing organic musical ideas together in a loose but tight fitting trio. JEAN PAUL BOURELLY has performed and toured with JAMAALADEEN'S group Brotherzone. J.T. Lewis has performed with JAMAALADEEN alongside David Murray and Craig Harris. This group will connect the musical bridge to solve those mysteries which were before unsolved. This trio is yet another look into JAMAALADEEN's creative mind. You will be taken on a musical journey in which your body, mind and soul will respond to some of the mysteries that cannot be solved any other way but by music in its purest form. Be Free. FREE YOUR MIND AND YOUR ASS WILL FOLLOW.

Gemini Gemini

 
When it comes to pure musical excitement and energy, GEMINI GEMINI fits that description. GEMINI GEMINI the eclectic and exciting duo between Vienna's own homeboy saxophonist and composer Wolfgang Puschnig, and Philadephia's own electric bass guitarist, composer and producer Jamaaladeen Tacuma. This duo is truly a magnificent duo of two of the most closest friends on and off the world stage. Yes they have traveled the world many times over bringing their good vibrations of composed and improvised music to many. And after all of this moving around the planet, these two wonderful artist still feel the warmth and eagerness of the audience at one of their concerts. Wolfgang and Jamaaladeen share a rich history of musical bliss. They have worked with the world famous Korean group Samul Nori, vocalist Linda Sharrock, Ornette Coleman, Carla Bley and a host of groundbreaking creative musical artist [...] with the complete and sincere intention of bringing a musical smile to your face" (J.T.)

FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS

A brief history of the freqs…

The birth of the FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS intertwined with the untimely death of Tonic, the legendary underground center for jazz, rock performance and experimental music in lower Manhattan. In its waning days a number of performances were commissioned from artists associated with the venue. Enter Weston, whose called two long time friends to share the stage. Due to traveling and production circumstances, the trio had not played a single note together. The success of this spontaneous performance at Tonic came as a surprise and revelation to the members of the trio. What started as an impromptu gig, now begged further consideration. Shortly thereafter, Weston invited Reid and Tacuma to come to the rhythm section’s native Philadelphia, playing the underground haven, Tritone. Once again with no prior planning, the three took the stage and had yet another remarkable evening.

Willing to take a risk, Reid booked time at a little known but professionally appointed studio near his home in Staten Island.

These three musical innovators went into the studio wanting to explore the organic energy and excitement they felt from the live performances. What you hear on this recording is their third performance. Electrified by Reid’s thought and riff provoking guitar playing, matched with Tacuma’s inventive bass work and locked down by Weston’s deep in the groove kit work, “Urban Mythology Vol. One” is a chapter in its own book.

Is it the reinvention of the power trio, or is it a peak into the future or perhaps it’s the present being fast-forwarded? That is for you to decide, but either way, it’s a journey worth taking.

Vernon Reid is no stranger in the circles of rock and funk, having been a crucial member of the rock outfit Living Colour and his "instrumental" group Masque. Vernon has also played with legends including Public Enemy, Carlos Santana, James "Blood" Ulmer, Mick Jagger and many, many others. Jamaaladeen Tacuma, veteran of Ornette Coleman's project of the seventies, "Prime Time" and has traveled extensively, playing with musicians from all around the world. Calvin Weston, a bandleader in his own right, has played alongside of Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood) Tricy, Eyvind Kang, Derek Baily, Mark Ribot and James Carter. Recently, he as been involved in playing on several movie soundtracks like "Get Shorty", and joined John Lurie's Lounge Lizards.
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ZWEI

 "I first met Jamaaladeen Tacuma at the Leipzig Jazz Festival in 1996. There was a concert at which three German/American duos were scheduled to perform. They were Albert Mangelsdorff and Elvin Jones; Ornette Coleman and Joachim Kuhn; and Jamaaladeen and I, who went on stage together for the first time after only a single short rehearsal for getting a feel for each other the day before. A first encounter with another player is always a challenge - especially when the musician is as outstanding as Jamaaladeen. But my dominant emotion is always one of joy at the opportunity to play with a great musician, to venture onto hitherto unknown terrain, and to experience unexpected surprises. That said, I must admit that I have no memories of our concert in 1996. Everything went by too fast for me to remember more than that it was an exciting evening. After the concert we both agreed that it would be worthwhile to continue our duo activities - but, as happens so often, life had other ideas and we have not played together since. In late July 2009, however, my telephone rang, and Jamaaladeen was on the line. He said he was in Switzerland and had a few days to spare before returning home, and he asked whether we could do a CD recording with duo concerts to follow next year. I was delighted to agree. Two days later, Jamaaladeen was in Berlin and we went to the studio. And so, in a very short time, something that seemed almost forgotten came back to life. A new beginning has been made ... Let's see where it leads ..." Uwe Kropinski
“ I usually approach the idea that when something is destined to take place, it does without problem and it just happens. When something is destined to not take place, it will not happen no matter what. Due and I met years ago with the concept of playing a live concert in Germany and recording a demo in Philadelphia. That demo was never released, but it contained the essence and the organic structure that propelled this new recording on Jazzwerkstatt. There were so many elements and original improvisation on that demo that convinced me that Uwe and I must create music for a studio album. So what was destined to happen, happened. I am happy that we did and I am happy to present this recording with hopes that you the listening audience will enjoy this sincere musical offering. To me "Zwei" is the creative force of two musicians from two parts of the world, two musical cultures and two human sensibilities that melt into one. It is in fact ,,Just the two of Us". This recording was indeed a pleasure to be a part of and the creative juices flowed in the recording studio like clear water from a mountain fall. I look forward to touring with Uwe all around the globe and spreading the musical message of "Zwei".” Jamaaladeen Tacuma