Faruq Z. Bey

Faruq Z. Bey

Faruq Z. Bey (born Jessie Davis) [ [http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5001 Detroit Metro Times] ] is a saxophonist/composer from Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is best known for his work with Griot Galaxy. Griot played hard free jazz with distinct compositions, often by Bey. Odd meters and polyrhythms were a frequent feature of Griot tunes, which would give way to free sections. Originally started in 1972, Griot Galaxy settled into its most stable line-up around 1980, when Bey was joined by saxophonists David McMurray and Anthony Holland, as well as bassist Jaribu Shahid and drummer Tani Tabal. Popular in Detroit for a Free Jazz band (often pulling audiences of a few hundred people), Griot toured Europe in the mid-80s and was at the height of its international acclaim when Bey was in a serious motorcycle accident that left him in a coma.

Almost a decade passed before Bey returned to performing. He re-emerged with an all woodwind ensemble called The Conspiracy Winds Ensemble. He began to play in Speaking in Tongues and Hakim Jami's Street Band. He joined forces with The Northwoods Improvisers, who've largely devoted their last several releases to Bey's music. His frequent collaborators, saxophonists Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton, join him on most of the Northwoods Improviser's recordings. He also currently plays in Kindred- a quartet with Kennith Green, Kevin Callaway and Joel Peterson- and in Odu Afrobeat Orchestra.

Some of his most noted releases are: "Kins", "Opus Krampus" and "Live at the DIA" with Griot Galaxy and "Auzar" and "Ashirai Pattern" with The Northwoods Improvisers.

Bey has published two books of poetry, "Year of the Iron Sheep" and "Etudes in Wanton Nesses", in addition to a theory book "Toward a "Ratio"nal Aesthetic" (1989).


ee also

*John Coltrane
*Albert Ayler

External links

* [http://www.jazzstage.us/index.php?post_id=142596 Faruq Z. Bey] on Detroit JazzStage

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Griot Galaxy — [ [http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=5001 Detroit Metro Times] ] was an avant garde jazz band led by Detroit saxophonist and poet Faruq Z. Bey. The band was founded in 1972 with drummer Tani Tabbal, bassist Jaribu Shahid, and… …   Wikipedia

  • Warren Defever — (first name often spelled Warn; b. 1969) is a musician and producer from Livonia, Michigan. He is most known for his chameleonic project His Name Is Alive, though he is active in numerous other circles. He produced, engineered, and or remixed… …   Wikipedia

  • Bohemian National Home — The Bohemian National Home is a historic building and arts center in Detroit, Michigan.The massive brick building was built in 1914 as a community center for immigrants from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. The building is… …   Wikipedia

  • Detroit JazzStage — Detroit JazzStage[1] is a monthly podcast celebrating Detroit, Michigan s amazing array of Jazz musicians. Detroit Jazzstage receives approximately 20,000 downloads per month and is consistently the number one rated independent jazz podcast. They …   Wikipedia

  • Jaribu Shahid — (links) mit Ronald Snijders (2007) Jaribu Shahid (* 11. September 1955 in Detroit als Ben Henderson) ist ein amerikanischer Kontrabassist des Creative Jazz. Seit 2004 spielt er im Art Ensemble of Chicago.[1] …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Liste der Außenminister Ägyptens — Das Amt des ägyptischer Außenministers wurde im 19. Jahrhundert von Muhammad Ali Pascha als Diwan eingeführt. Diese liste berücksichtigt die Minister von 1826 bis zur Jetztzeit. Amtszeit Außenminister Herrscher/Präsident 1826 1844 Boghos Bey… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Egypt — /ee jipt/, n. 1. Arab Republic of. a republic in NE Africa. 64,791,891; 386,198 sq. mi. (1,000,252 sq. km). Cap.: Cairo. Arabic, Misr. Formerly (1958 71), United Arab Republic. 2. an ancient kingdom in NE Africa: divided into the Nile Delta… …   Universalium

  • Fausia — bint Fuad als die Königin von Persien Fausia bint Fuad von Ägypten (* 5. November 1921 im Ras al Tine Palast in Alexandria, Ägypten; arabisch ‏فوزية بنت الملك فؤاد‎, persisch ‏فوزیه فؤاد‎) war als Ehef …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Fawzia — Fausia bint Fuad als die Königin von Persien Fausia bint Fuad von Ägypten (* 5. November 1921 im Ras al Tine Palast in Alexandria, Ägypten; arabisch ‏فوزية بنت الملك فؤاد‎, persisch ‏فوزیه فؤاد‎) war als Ehef …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Abdeen-Palast — Haupteingang des Abdeen Palastes Der Abdeen Palast (auch als Qasr Abdeen oder Arabisch قصر عابدين bezeichnet; deutsch auch Abdin Palast) ist eine der offiziellen Residenzen des Präsidenten von Ägypten. Er befindet sich im Distrikt Abdeen in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.