Friday, July 21, 2006
MALACHI THOMPSON 1949-2006
I first learned of Malachi Thompson more than two decades ago when I stumbled across an EP (remember those?) that included his wonderful piece THE ALI SHUFFLE. In the years following that initial listening I picked up on Thompson's work whenever I could, and I'd especially point you to the CDs 47th STREET and FREEBOP NOW!, whose title is a wonderful play on the landmark album by Max Roach, FREEDOM NOW! Malachi died this past week after a long struggle with cancer. The music lives on. Here's a snippet of a performance with poet Amiri Baraka, HEATHENS and SPACE/TIME PROJECTION.