AUM Fidelity



Tao Forms is a new recording label devoted to contemporary free jazz of an elevated & enlightened nature. Drummer–improviser–composer Whit Dickey is the founder & creative director of this fresh endeavor, with management & distribution by AUM Fidelity. The label launched in May 2020. The first two releases are now available; this gorgeous 3rd release just out now, November 2020!
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Tani Tabbal Trio

CD – $13
(4-panel digipak with illuminating
liner notes on the inner panel)

1 Arrested Confusion
2 Just Woke Up
3 Khusenaton (((listen)))
4 Sun History Ra Mystery
5 Now Then
6 Midway Open
7 Oh See OC Revisited
8 Scrunch
9 r. henri
10 Inky Bud

All compositions by Tani Tabbal, © Tani Tabbal (BMI)
except 1-4-7-9 by Michael Bisio, © AMB Music (ASCAP)
C+P 2020 Tao Forms

Adam Siegel - alto saxophone
Michael Bisio - bass
Tani Tabbal - drums

Produced by Tani Tabbal & Michael Bisio
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jim Clouse
at Park West Studios, Brooklyn
Executive Producer: Whit Dickey

Design & original art: Susanna Ronner Graphic Design
Liner notes: Michael Bisio


Now Then, by Tani Tabbal Trio, is the vital third release on Tao Forms, and we are honored to present this brand new work from the master drummer-percussionist. Tani Tabbal is known for his extensive performing and recording career with Roscoe Mitchell, Sun Ra, Geri Allen, James Carter, David Murray, and Faruq Z. Bey / Griot Galaxy. Following a series of self-released recordings over the past decads (including two by this trio), Now Then will be Tabbal's first internationally distributed work as a leader.

Tabbal —who came of age on Detroit’s fertile jazz scene— has always looked for colleagues with fresh ideas, big ears, and adventurous souls. He found them again in veteran bassist Michael Bisio and next generation alto saxophonist Adam Siegel. Now Then is an exceptional album of charismatic communications by three musicians who breathe as one. The compositions—six by Tabbal, four by Bisio—define specific materials and moods that the trio develops with patience and a subtle variety of textures and dynamics. Melodic riches abound, wielded with both controlled fire & giving tenderness, while the joy of prolific communication and illuminated creation permeates the album. It’s a rare beauty!

> a brief Tani Tabbal biography >

Born in Chicago, Tabbal began playing drums professionally as a teen, with Oscar Brown Jr., Kelan Phil Cohran, and Sun Ra and his Arkestra. With family also in Detroit and New York, Tabbal grew up feeling at home in all three cities, but he settled in Detroit in the late 70s. The city —whose jazz legacy includes Barry Harris, Kenny Burrell, Yusef Lateef, the Jones Brothers (Hank, Thad, and Elvin), Kenny Garrett, Regina Carter and dozens of others— was like finishing school.

Detroit nurtured Tabbal’s versality and craftsmanship in myriad idioms, from the swinging mainstream to funk, fusion, and free jazz. He also got a chance to work with traveling stars like alto saxophonist Jackie McLean. Tabbal’s most defining association in Detroit was with Griot Galaxy, a wild and wooly avant-garde quintet led by Faruq Z Bey, a saxophonist and Afrofuturist philosopher. The band moved easily between free improvisation, odd meters, and emerging grooves that balanced passages of pure abstraction.

Tabbal and bassist Jaribu Shahid forged a profound bond in the Griot Galaxy. The pair would later record Open on All Sides and Twylight with the influential Detroit pianist Geri Allen; tour widely with Detroit saxophone prodigy James Carter’s first working group (with Craig Taborn on piano); and work on and off for 40 years with legendary saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Tabbal has made 13 recordings with Mitchell, including the celebrated Snurdy McGurdy and Her Dancin' Shoes. Tabbal’s extensive discography also includes albums with David Murray, Steve Coleman, Evan Parker, Sun Ra, and others.

Tani Tabbal now happily resides in New York State, and is excited to play on stage again with this Trio just as soon as can be, and we are exceptionally stoked to bear witness when..! 


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