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Khan Jamal: Peace Warrior

Vibist Khan Jamal’s Don’t Take No!, originally issued in 1989 on Vintage, has been reissued by Random Chance as Peace Warrior. Contemporary jazz hasn’t changed that much in the past generation, so the sound of these 1982 and ’89 sessions remains fresh. “Scandinavian Dawn” and “Don’t Take No!” feature Khan on a KAT MIDI synthesizer. “Don’t Take No!” is built on a whole-tone scale and never deviates. “One for Hamp” (Lionel Hampton was a mentor to Khan) is also built on a single change with Khan at his swinging best. “Scandinavian,” like “Body and Soul,” features good interplay between Khan and guitarist Monett Sudler. “Three for All” is a tour de force for pianist Mark Kramer. Another pianist on the session, Bernard Sammul, is equally astonishing. “Peaceful Warrior” is quite restful, as is Sammul’s “Lovely Afternoon.”

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