Reviews that mention Ameen Muhammad
November 3, 2003
Old Time Revival
Entropy Stereo Records ESR 014
Asian Improv Records AIR 0063
Chicagos Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) exemplar, and its southern roots, underlines the creativity of the combos on both these discs.
Although only three of the nine players involved are AACM members -- the late trumpeter Ameen Muhammad, bassist Malachi Favors and drummer Alvin Fielder -- the cooperative archetype that the Chicago association feels must be mixed with creative improvised music is on show each time. MORE
June 30, 2003
Oh, My Dog
MYUMI PROJECT BIG BAND
Rooted: Origins of Now
Southport/Asian Improv S-SSD 0092
Performing with a mid-sized band of improvisers is widespread because it provides freedom both for the composer(s) and the players. Nine plus instruments often provide enough variations to illustrate a writers vision; and with fewer than 12 bandmates, musicians can contribute much more than if theyre mere section placeholders.
Small big bands can also be used to express radically different concepts as these skilled CDs demonstrate. Together for almost 30 years, the Dutch ICP Orchestra has featured many different soloists over time, but with laissez faire direction coming from pianist/composer Misha Mengelberg, theres a consistency there. Tatsu Aokis Myumi Project, on the other hand, is mostly a recording ensemble, put together to give flesh to the bassist/composers musical portraits of Asian American improvisers in particular and Asians in North America in general. MORE
June 3, 2003
Cape Town Shuffle
Rollicking as only a live date by saxophonist Ernest Dawkins ensemble could be, the happy grooves established by the five Chicago musicians here are tempered by an incident that happened six months later. Trumpeter Ameen Muhammad, Dawkins closest confrere, who had been part of the New Horizons Ensemble from its beginnings, died at 48 in February, of apparent heart failure.
Luckily there are plenty of examples of Muhammads literally larger-than-life character on the four long tracks that make up CAPE TOWN SHUFFLE. What the audience at Hothouse saw in August 2002, and we hear on the disc is a portrait of a broad-chested brassman who had the power to twist his trumpet lines every which way to do his bidding, whether he was playing the blues or exploring the stratosphere. MORE