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Dadisi Komolafe: Nimbus West Redux - The Audiophile Man
Title: Hassan’s Walk Label: Pure Pleasure Originally released in 1983 on Nimbus West Records in Los Angeles, USA, Pure Pleasure has offered jazz fans a real prize. If for no other reason that Nimbus releases have always been hard to track down. This particular album was a tough cookie to find even in its original form. Nimbus centred around one Horace Tapscott, a black American jazz pianist and composer. He formed the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra in 1961. Komolafe was wholly influenced by Tapscott and joined Tapscott’s Cross Roads Art Academy, sponsored by the UGAMA (Union of God’s Musicians and Artists Ascension) Foundation, a sort of community-based workshop. And Dadisi Komolafe? Well his mother knew him best as Arthur…Arthur Wells. A man of the sax and also the flute. If you could find other Nimbus releases, you’d find him guesting on some of those too but this was his only lead LP and it features Roberto Miranda on bass, Sunship Theus on drums, Eric Tillman on piano, Rickey Kelly on vibes and Dadisi Komolafe on his favoured flute and alto sax to offer free-form explorations over steady beats. There’s plenty of air on this recording. Space spills in and around …