Malik King was an important part of the St Louis jazz scene of the 70’s & 80’s.
He studied under Albert Ayler in NY in the early 70s before returning to the Midwest. He was a member of the Shirley Le Flore’s ensemble “Free N’ Concert”. He also served as musical director of The Creative Arts & Expression Lab, The African Peoples Continuum, & The Black Arts Alliance, The worrier poets, The Human Arts Ensemble, as well as various Emerging Force Ensembles.
Zimbabwe Nkenya (1953-2022), a creative artist and innovative musician, was brought up on army bases in the USA and Spain. He spent 30 years traveling and performing in New York, New Mexico, Arizona and St Louis. playing with a who’s who of jazz. In New Mexico he became an integral part of the scene, producing and hosting the KUNM’S radio show “THE HOUSE THAT JAZZ BUILT” .
Luckily Malik self released “Time & Condition” in 1982, capturing his work together with Qaiyim Shabazz. It’s not just a crate diggers Holy Grail, but an important artistic and historic document of the St Louis scene. Time & Condition stands alone as a (very) individual, spiritual jazz classic.
We hope this reissue will finally grant these musicians the wider acknowledgement & credit they deserved during their life time.
*(Malik also appears on James Marshal Human Arts Ensemble “Autonomous Oblast” 1970s live recordings, released in 2008 on Freedonia…. well worth finding a copy)
*(Zimbabwe can be heard on ” Zimbabwe Nkenya and the New Jazz” on High Mayhem – a hard to find cd)