This is truly the true stuff of legend. Abdullah Sami self released Peace Of Time in 1978, 300 copies only, and you probably don't need us to tell you how much an og pressing, when one would surface online or otherwise, would trade for. After cutting his teeth and building a solid reputation in Chicago's underground jazz and art loft scene, Sami moved to New York to seek further exposure, better playing opportunities, and proper recognition. Although the scene ultimately proved "to be as unforgiving" as the Windy City's, Sami recorded Peace Of Time in 1977 and would eventually return home and pursue a life outside of music. Some forty years later, two jazz affectionados from London would come across a record w/ no sleeve or label in Japan, and after over a year of digging around, they would locate Sami, still working, residing, and living in Chicago. Completely unaware of the holy-grail status that his only recording has achieved, he gladly agreed to re-issue this masterpiece, hence this highly anticipated release via Spiritmuse Records. Sami's saxophone playing is revered for its distinctive multi-directional approach, as his alto horn shits "modal frequencies in free flight, fluid and hypnotic," constantly "playing and teasing with harmony and melodics." Sublime material, Peace Of Time constantly reminds the listener of why it has achieved such mythical status. Recommended!
- remastered & reissued for the first time on vinyl
- music label: Spiritmuse Records 1978 / 2019
reviewed by sining in japanese 04/19