MAGIC MALIK

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Malik Mezzadri (aka Magic Malik) is a French flutist/composer/bandleader and a vanguard practitioner of what is being called the European new jazz. His orchestra, while employing mainly acoustic instruments, explores links between challenging jazz and sounds associated with electronica and club music. On top of his intriguing beats and melodic inventions, Malik will often chant in a high, intensely impassioned voice, giving the music something of a North African or Eastern flavor.

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Malik was born in Ivory Coast in 1969, Malik grews up in Guadeloupe. At the age of 6, on the advice of his mother, he begins taking classes of flute with beak in a school of Top to Clown: My mother tells me that I was stuck at all times in front of the radio, to try to reproduce melodies with a baby vibraphone diatonique I always liked this. Music, this always spoke to me. It did
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MAGIC MALIK HWI Project album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
HWI Project
RnB 1997
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: 69 • 96 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: 69 • 96
Nu Jazz 2000
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra : 00-237 / XP-1 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra : 00-237 / XP-1
Nu Jazz 2003
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra : 13 XP Song's Book album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra : 13 XP Song's Book
Nu Jazz 2004
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: XP-2 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: XP-2
Nu Jazz 2005
MAGIC MALIK Altiplano album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Altiplano
World Fusion 2007
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: Saoule album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: Saoule
Nu Jazz 2008
MAGIC MALIK Short Cuts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Short Cuts
Nu Jazz 2011
MAGIC MALIK Alternate Steps album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Alternate Steps
Nu Jazz 2012
MAGIC MALIK Tranz Denied album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Tranz Denied
Nu Jazz 2013
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra : Joyeuse Année 2015 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra : Joyeuse Année 2015
Nu Jazz 2015
MAGIC MALIK Fanfare Xp album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fanfare Xp
Nu Jazz 2018
MAGIC MALIK Jazz Association album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Association
Post Bop 2019
MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Fanfare XP, Vol. 2 album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Magic Malik Fanfare XP, Vol. 2
Nu Jazz 2020

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MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: Live Au Sunset album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Magic Malik Orchestra ‎: Live Au Sunset
Nu Jazz 2009

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MAGIC MALIK Magic Malik Fanfare XP, Vol. 2

Album · 2020 · Nu Jazz
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You may have noticed the recent drop off in new albums since the world wide pandemic put a serious dent in things. As many people seek the refuge of self quarantine, artists have been forced to dig through their recording archives and release things that may not have been put out under better circumstances. We can consider our selves very fortunate that Magic Malik was able to release “Fanfare XP Vol 2” while things cleared up in Europe for a while, because at this point, this album looks to be one of the best this year so far.

For many jazz woodwind players, the flute is a secondary instrument, something to play when they aren’t playing saxophone, but for Malik, it is his main axe, and it shows. Malik gets a big beefy sound out of the flute, no small feat as it can lean towards shrill thinness very easily. “Vol 2”, like many of his albums, features a fairly large ensemble with big sounding horns like the trombone to compete with, but Malik’s muscular flute tone is always able to elbow its way into the mix. Making yourself heard is not always easy in a Malik composition as he often has more than one solo going at a time, plus most tracks feature busy ensemble arrangements that compete with the soloists for air time.

You could roughly categorize the music on “Vol 2” as ‘nu jazz’, due to its use of modern beats and tasteful electronics, but unlike other trendy nu jazz offerings that tend to be lite and fluffy, Malik’s compositions are big on substance and innovation. Its that balance of attractive modernity and deep complex musical arrangements that promote concentrated listening that make “Vol 2” such a success. It’s not boorishly heavy, but it is definitely way more than hip background. If you want to hear something new in jazz that will still sound great 50 years from now, “Fanfare XP Vol 2” is your ticket.

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