Jamaladeen Tacuma

Electric bassist and unfailingly soulful free-funk prophet

The "Harmolodic Theory?" Isn't that some hoodoo dreamed up by Ornette Coleman to make his plastic alto sound better? or is it just a great way for Ornette to fuck with all the supposed music experts. Whatever it is, Ornette harnessed to create mind blowing music with his super funky electric band Prime Time. Imagine the Meters going free jazz backing Ornette to get an idea of what Prime Time sounds like. Slapping the bass and laying down the bottom in Prime Time was Jamaaladeen Tacuma.

Born and raised in Philly, Jamaaladeen Tacuma joined Prime Time and the
rest is history. hooking up with James Blood Ulmer, Jamaaladeen played on the classic "Tales of Captain Black' record. Moving on from Prime Time, Jamaaladeen Tacuma released a bunch of records under his own name on Grammavision. He played on Kip Hanrahan's Wild records and played on the first Golden Palominos record with Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Arto Lindsay and Anton Fier.

Working primarily overseas the last few years, Jamaaladeen has collaborated with his homeboys The Roots and James Carter. Wherever he goes, his bass carries the thunder.

For the Ponderosa Stomp, Jamaaladeen will join G. Calvin Weston in laying down the monstrous bottom behind James Blood Ulmer as they explore the Tales of Captain Black and his Adventures in Black Rock.

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