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Hasaan Ibn Ali - Metaphysics: The Lost Atlantic Album


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Omnivore

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Jazz

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AOMN 411
UPC: 816651019571
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180 Gram Vinyl Record


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180-gram gatefold double LP

Recorded in 1965

Hasaan Ibn Ali's Lost Atlantic Records album found!

Restored from long-lost acetate copies of the sessions

Includes liner notes by Alan Sukoenig and Lewis Porter

"He had ideas as deep as the sea. I mean I never heard anybody, even today, play like that." — Odean Pope, tenor saxophonist

"The pianist, Hasaan Ibn Ali, whom saxophonist Odean Pope calls 'the most advanced player to ever develop (in Philadelphia),' had practiced intensively with John Coltrane in the early 1950s and is thought, by Pope and others, to have been the influence behind Coltrane's so-called sheets of sound as well as the harmonic approach that underlay Coltrane's breathrough Giant Steps, and also, with Earl Bostic, one of the two role models behind Coltrane's strict work ethic. Yet he was rarely employed, even by musicians who respected his playing and his knowledge, thus leaving him with little chance to develop an audience. When he sat down at the piano at the Woodbine, an after-hours club in Philadelphia, all the horn players would leave the stand for they were unable to play with him, so unfamiliar were his harmonic concepts." — from the album liner notes

In 1964, drummer/composer Max Roach convinced Atlantic Records to record him with producer Nusuhi Ertegun at the helm. Sessions were held in December of 1964 and the resulting album, The Max Roach Trio Featuring The Legendary Hasaan was released three months later. Atlantic invited Ali to record again in August and September of 1965, but before mixing sessions could turn the recorded material into a releasable album, Ali had become incarcerated for narcotics possession. Atlantic shelved the album. Thirteen years later that tape went up in flames in an Atlantic Records warehouse in Long Branch, New Jersey. For years a rumor circulated, that a copy of the sessions had been made, but attempts to locate it never turned up a source... until now.

Restored and mastered by Grammy Award-winning engineer, Michael Graves from a tape copy of long-lost reference acetates of the sessions and with notes from producer Alan Sukoenig and author/pianist/teacher, Lewis Porter, Omnivore Recordings is proud to present this long-thought lost piece of jazz history. The project, co-produced by Alan Sukoenig and Grammy Award-nominated producer, Patrick Milligan, and Grammy Award-winning producer, Cheryl Pawelski, features the seven surviving tracks from the album sessions along with three surviving alternate takes. Packaging includes photos from December of 1964 by notable photographer Larry Fink, who refers to Ali as, "the Prokofiev of jazz."

Personnel on the August 23 and September 7, 1965 sessions that took place at Atlantic Studios in New York City were Hasaan Ibn Ali, piano; Odean Pope, tenor sax; Art Davis, bass and Kalil Madi, drums and all are profiled in the liner notes.



Side A
1. Atlantic Ones
2. Viceroy
3. El Hasaan

Side B
1. Richard May Love Give Powell
2. Metaphysics
3. Epitome

Side C
1. True Train

Side D
1. True Train (Short Version)
2. Viceroy (Short Version)
3. Atlantic Ones (Short Version)

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