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A native of Philadelphia, Umar began studying music theory and harmony at West Philadelphia High School and learned invaluable music lessons later while performing with bands in the US Air Force. Afterwards Umar toured in the US, Canada, Nova Scotia, and the Bahamas with various groups. However, he attributes the music of the great Philadelphia bassist, Jymie Merritt, as instrumental in forming his approach to improvisation. Among others who influenced Umar’s music are saxophonists Gene Ammons, Sonny Rollins, Jackie Maclean, and John Coletrane.

Umar’s band, The Renaissance Quintet, has been the opening act for Archie Shepp, the late Philly Joe Jones, Sun Ra, and Alice Coletrane. A prolific composer and arranger, Umar strives to keep his music inspirational, innovative, and in the best classical jazz tradition.

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Big Boy's Honor
Umar A. Raheem

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Umar A. Raheem : Big Boy's Honor


Playing guitar is Monnette Sudler. Monette is one of the premiere jazz guitarists in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. See adds a strong presence and interprets each composition thoughtfully.

Playing accoustical base is Warren Oree. Warren brings creative energy and inspiration to the session. His unique voice helps five the tunes shape.

Playing drums is Lucky Thompson of Philadelphia. His percussive artistry and technique are well known. He gives the music a joyful "snap, crackle, and pop."

Playing keyboards is Jeff Knoettner (tracks 1,2,3,5 & 7). Jeff's technical wizardry is outstanding. He expresses the music with dynamic inflection and warmth.

Also playing keyboard is the legendary Alfie Pollitt (tracks 6,8 & 9). Alfie graces the listeners with beautifully sweet and soulful solos.

This creative effort is a tribute to my father, the late Charles H. Truxon, Jr., whose honor was beyond reproach.

Recorded October 25 & November 23, 1997 at Hall Sound Labs, Philadelphia, PA

Executive Producer: Joseph D. Litz
Produced by Ramu Productions
Cover photo and design by U.A.R.

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