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Tarik Shah, affectionately known by many Jazz greats,
as the Groove Master is an eminent leader among the top 1%
of jazz bassist on the scene today.
His lightening rod intensity, his acute awareness
of the soul of a tune has made him the bass player
of choice for living jazz legends such as:
Ahmad Jamal, Dakota Staton, Vanessa Rubin, Ellis Marsalis,
Barry Harris, Pharaoh Saunders and the late great inimitable
songstressBetty Bebop Carter.
Having honed his skills with big bands such as
the Duke Ellington Orchestra and small groups such as Red Rodney,
Sir Roland Hanna, Abbey Lincoln, Harold Vick, Dr. Lonnie Smith
and others in both the jazz and Latin world, Tarik has explored
and evolved an expertise in the existing esoteric of bass playing.
In fact many would say Tarik Shah is as much a blessing to the bass as
Betty Carter was to a song. Tarik has the spectacular ability to discover
new dimensions in a tone and yet remain faithful to the secret timeless magic
of the melody.
His recording with artist as diverse as Pharaoh Saunders, and
Vanessa Rubin, wondrously displays and demonstrates his flexible groove
Tarik Shah is a jazz optimist. He is a true believer in the triumph
in a world full of those who doubt that the world can be ever beautiful.
In the 21st century jazz is truly enjoying a new renaissance.
The trail blazing solo work of Tarik Shah
is an integral part of a brave, wonderful, and warm experience that
is shaping jazz as a New World Music.
Tarik remains a man who pioneers new horizons in the music and never forgets the groove.
On Saturday, January 19, 2008 at 4:03 PM, Tarik's Mom wrote:
I heard from Tarik today. He was so excited because he was allowed to
the bass -- not an upright, but an electric. When he was first given
bass to play, he advised them that he hadn't touched a bass in three
When he started playing, they were surprised, and he was told that he
better than anyone else in the facility.
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On Friday, January 18, 2008 at 9:01 AM, Tarik's Mom wrote:
Tarik has been moved to a permanent place. He is in Petersburg, Va, a
medium-security facility. This is the facility he wanted to go to. It
lots of programs, and I believe he will be able to continue his
and maybe also study music. I do believe this facility has a music
He called me on Wednesday, and he sounded pretty good. I have called
facility three times and have gotten good feelings. Each person I
seemed very intelligent and human. I will be going to see him the
weekend in February, and I can visit with him for two days. His
Tarik Shah, Reg. #53145-054, E-S.,
FCI Petersburg Medium,
Federal Correctional Institution,
P.O. Box 90043
Petersburg, Va 23804-90043.
His birthday is January 24th; he'll be 45 years old.
I pray to God that I will live long enough to see Tarik free.
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