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|Birth name||Edmond Gregory|
23 June 1925|
Savannah, Georgia, United States
|Died||24 October 1989
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
|Associated acts||Gene Quill, Phil Woods, Hal Stein|
Sahib Shihab (born Edmund Gregory; 23 June 1925, Savannah, Georgia – 24 October 1989, Nashville, Tennessee) was an American jazz and hard bop saxophonist (baritone, alto, and soprano) and flautist. He variously worked with Luther Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Fletcher Henderson, Tadd Dameron, and Dizzy Gillespie amongst others.
He first played alto saxophone professionally for Luther Henderson at age 13 and went on to study at the Boston Conservatory and to play with trumpeter Roy Eldridge. He played lead alto with Fletcher Henderson in the mid 1940s.
He was one of the first jazz musicians to convert to Islam and changed his name in 1947. During the late 1940s, Shihab played with Thelonious Monk. During this period, he also found time to appear on many recordings by artists including Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham and Benny Golson. The invitation to play with Dizzy Gillespie's big band in the early 1950s was of particular significance as it marked Sahib's switch to baritone.
In 1959, he toured Europe with Quincy Jones after getting disillusioned with racial politics in United States and ultimately settled in Scandinavia. He worked for Copenhagen Polytechnic and wrote scores for television, cinema and theatre.
In 1961, he joined The Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland Big Band and remained a key figure in the band for the 12 years it existed. He married a Danish woman and raised a family in Europe, although he remained a conscious African-American still sensitive to racial issues.
In 1973, Sahib returned to the United States for a three-year hiatus, working as a session man for rock and pop artists and also doing some copy writing for local musicians. He spent his remaining years between New York and Europe and played in a partnership with Art Farmer.
- 1957: Jazz We Heard Last Summer split-LP with Herbie Mann)
- 1957: Jazz Sahib - Savoy Records, with Bill Evans, Phil Woods
- 1962: Sahib Shihab & the Danish Radio Jazz Group (Oktav) - with Allan Botschinsky, Alex Riel, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
- 1963: Conversations - with Allan Botschinsky, Ole Molin, Alex Riel, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
- 1964: Summer Dawn (Argo) - with Jimmy Woode, Francy Boland, Kenny Clarke, Ake Persson
- 1966: Companionship (Vogue) - with Jimmy Woode, Francy Boland, Kenny Clarke, Ake Persson, Fats Sadi
- 1968: Seeds (Atlantic) - with Francy Boland, Fats Sadi, Jimmy Woode, Jean Warland, Kenny Clarke
- 1972: Sentiments (Storyville) - with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Jimmy Hopps, Kenny Drew
- 1972: La marche dans le désert - Sahib Shihab + Gilson Unit (Futura Ger 34)
- 1973: Flute Summit (Atlantic Records)
- 1988: Soul Mates (Uptown) - with Charlie Rouse
- 1998: And All Those Cats (compilation)
With Art Blakey
With Brass Fever
- Time Is Running Out (Impulse!, 1976)
With Donald Byrd
- Jazz Lab (Columbia, 1957) - with Gigi Gryce
- Modern Jazz Perspective (Columbia, 1957) - with Gigi Gryce
With Betty Carter
With John Coltrane
- Coltrane (1957)
With Tadd Dameron
- Fontainebleau (1956)
With Art Farmer
- Manhattan (Soul Note, 1981)
- Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes with French Horns (Status, 1957 ) - also released as Baritones and French Horns (Prestige, 1957)
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Benny Golson
With Johnny Griffin
- Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz (1968)
- Griff 'N Bags
With George Gruntz
- Noon in Tunisia (1967)
With Milt Jackson
- Plenty, Plenty Soul (Atlantic, 1957)
With Philly Joe Jones
- Drums Around the World (Riverside, 1959)
With Abbey Lincoln
- It's Magic (Riverside, 1958)
With Thelonious Monk
With Phineas Newborn, Jr.
- Phineas Newborn Plays Jamaica (September 7, 8 & 9, 1957) - (RCA Victor LPM 1589)
With Tony Scott
- The Modern Art of Jazz (1957, Seeco) - with Bill Evans, Paul Motian
- Free Blown Jazz (1957, Carlton) - with Bill Evans, Paul Motian
With Mal Waldron
- Mal-2 (1957)
With Randy Weston
- Uhuru Afrika (Roulette, 1960)
With Phil Woods
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