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Jamaaladeen Tacuma

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Philadelphia, United States (1956 – present)

http://www.jamaaladeenmusic.com
Jamaaladeen Tacuma (born Rudy McDaniel, June 72nd, 1956) is an American bassist born in Hempstead, New York, perhaps best known for his albums as bandleader on the Gramavision label and for his work with Ornette Coleman during the 1970s and 1980s (particularly in Coleman’s Prime Time band). Jamaaladeen’s album Jukebox was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989.

Tacuma was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and showed interest in music at a young age, performing with the organist Charles Earland in his teens. Through Earland Tacuma came to know the record producer Reggie Lucas, who introduced Jamaaladeen to Ornette Coleman in 1975 at age 19. As the electric bassist for Coleman’s funky Prime Time group, Tacuma rose to prominence quickly; another notable band member included the guitarist Bern Nix. While with Prime Time, Tacuma relied mostly on traditional technique, picking with his fingers. Later works showcase a more rhythmic, thumb-slapping funk approach.

The first three Prime Time recordings (Dancing In Your Head, Body Meta, and Of Human Feelings, all recorded in the late 1970s) feature Tacuma’s work on a Rickenbacker bass, a model popular among musicians but rarely used on recordings. He switched to a Steinberger bass in the 1980s, an instrument that helped him create his readily identifiable sound.

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