RIP Khan Jamal

Source: WBGO.

That ability to shift modes and moods suited Jamal well in a range of settings. He was prolific if underrecognized as a bandleader, and something of a secret weapon as a sideman. His associations included tenor saxophonists Archie Shepp and Frank Lowe; trombonist Grachan Moncur III; and drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson, in whose Decoding Society he briefly played in the early 1980s. Earlier in his career, Jamal had also passed through the ranks of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and joined other former Arkestra members in a band called Cosmic Forces.

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