Magic Malik - Alternate Steps
34-Bee Jazz 053
I discovered Magic Malik about a decade ago when he and his group played at the French Embassy. He's an amazing flute player and he and his group performed an interesting and unique 'rehearsal intensive' jazz/rock thing. He's little known in the USA but a real talent.
"Malik Mezzadri grew up in Guadeloupe where he began to play flute and transverse flute at the age of 6. He quit Guadeloupe for Marseille at 17 and graduated from the Marseille music Academy being the first flutist. With Alternate Steps Malik closes the jazz file and is now looking for something more empirical and less formal. Alternate Steps refers to the alternative era and to the John Coltrane master piece Giant Steps; in this album Magic Malik shows us his influences with this compositions. The album has been recorded at the same place than Short Cuts, Studio 440 at Montreuil (France), where the musicians could record together in the same room as in live conditions. Close to alternative music by his flute touch but also to jazz by his training, Malik created his own kind of language with the XP which seems to match the idea of old-time jazzmen musical language. A musical language that allows the songs’ continuity, and a certain form of heritage as well as tradition’s respect. This album is, for Malik, the end of a story, he closes a chapter, this disc is as important as his very first one."