O ex-Arkestra Ahmed Abdullah na finlandêsa TUM Records, com TARA'S SONG, disco de estreia do quinteto Ebonic Tones: Ahmed Abdullah (trompete e voz), Alex Harding (saxofone barítono), Billy Bang (violino), Alex Blake (contrabaixo) e Andrei Strobert (bateria).
Tara’s Song presents a musical journey through a wide array of musical styles in order to help us understand what Abdullah himself calles 'Jazz: The Music of the Spirit'. In addition to Abdullah's own works, compositions by Ornette Coleman, Frank Lowe, Thelonius Monk and Sun Ra are also presented.
'Ebonic Tones (aka “colored sounds”) is in a sense a reincarnation of a band that I put together in 1986 known as The Group (with Marion Brown, Billy Bang, Sirone, Fred Hopkins and Andrew Cyrille). Significantly, The Group was together for two and a half years and made no commercial recordings whereas Ebonic Tones was able to record only a year and a half after coming together. The difference has everything to do with our mindset. In the 1980s, as conservatism replaced wisdom in America, we reacted to Reagan’s ascendancy to power and the resultant lack of support for the arts by banding together in cooperative music groups. In the 1990s, we saw that conservative politics were going to be a way of life and we, therefore, initiated organizations and institutions as a support base for cooperative music groups and for the survival of the music and the well-being of our people.This initial recording of Ebonic Tones is presented as a musical journey by taking you through a wide array of styles in order to help you understand what we call “Jazz: The Music of the Spirit”. This music comes from a vast history of people whom I have appreciated, respected and celebrated'. - Ahmed Abdullah