Dadisi Komolafe - Hassan's Walk
Hassan’s Walk is a confident, declarative statement of intent; musically, it’s an expression of a post-Coltrane Africa-American heritage set within the fallout from the black experience in Vietnam, alongside the arrival of the Regan era and the rise of the American evangelical right. Staying strong to Tapscott’s recurring themes of cultural unity, historical knowledge and emotional intelligence, Komolafe’s album is a synthesis of past traditions, as played out in the regular drumming circles in LA’s Leimert Park, as well as future hopes and aspirations for the next generation; a soundtrack to an open mind and body. It's fierce but fun; free yet focussed, and displays a finely tuned balance and luxuriant tonal range from a superb ensemble of musicians: Roberto Miranda on bass, Sunship Theus on drums, Eric Tillman on piano, Rikcy Kelly on vibes and Komolafe on flute and alto saxophone.
There are two covers on the album: a version of Wayne Shorter’s "See no Evil," considered by many to be the album’s centrepiece, powered along by Sunship’s effervescent percussion, and a lush reading of Monk’s "’Round Midnight." The title track, written by Komolafe, features, a strong solo from Tillman’s piano and ebullient vibes from Kelly and the traditional song, "Calvary," receives an impressive arrangement, building to a crescendo with Komolafe’s horn screaming for air before finding respite in Kelly’s shimmering vibes.
Hassan’s Walk is a jewel in the crown of Nimbus West, a crown already replete with gems, polished to perfection.