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Joris Teepe: In the Spirit of Rashied Ali (Jazztribes)

A review of the bassist's album featuring John Betsch, Wayne Escoffery, Johannes Enders, Michael Moore, and Freddy Bryant

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In the Spirit of Rashied Ali by Joris Teepe
The cover of In the Spirit of Rashied Ali by Joris Teepe

A new Dutch label, Jazztribes, has hit with a splash. Its inaugural release is no ordinary tribute album; the CD comes inside a beautiful 66-page hardcover book.

In 2000, bassist Joris Teepe, originally of the Netherlands, now of New York, began an association with Rashied Ali, best known as John Coltrane’s last drummer and a seminal figure in liberating the jazz rhythm section from timekeeping responsibilities—you can hear him on the 1967 duo album with Coltrane, Interstellar Space, a foundational text of avant-garde jazz. Ali died at 76 in 2009. In the book, Teepe says he didn’t want to lead an Ali legacy band, but rather (in keeping with this project’s title) to create a work in Ali’s spirit.

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Thomas Conrad

Thomas Conrad has a BA from the University of Utah and an MA from the University of Iowa (where he attended the Writers Workshop). He taught English at Central State University in Ohio, then left the academic world for the private sector. His affiliation with publications such as JazzTimes, Stereophile, The New York City Jazz Record and DownBeat has enabled him to sustain active involvement in two of his passions: music and writing.