Donald Malloy | Spirituality

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by Donald Malloy

A blend of classic and modern jazz with traditional african spiritual roots
Genre: Jazz: African Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ibarago
8:30 $0.99
2. Uplift
6:41 $0.99
3. Oshun
8:35 $0.99
4. Oba Intro
1:26 $0.99
5. Orunmila
7:28 $0.99
6. Nora East
7:06 $0.99
7. On The Path
10:19 $0.99
8. Baba Feruru
6:21 $0.99
9. Shango
7:07 $0.99
10. Oba
5:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Donald Malloy’s eclectic approach to music is one best described as unique. As one who was raised in an environment where music was as much apart of life as breathing, he was developing his musical identity like a child goes through his adolescent years.

Growing up in the Ifa religion, Donald’s first musical experience was with traditional “African Praise Music” playing the drums and singing. Later he learned to play the trumpet through the Cleveland Hts. School system and quickly gravitated toward jazz. By the age of 18 Donald had performed with Terence Blanchard, John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Bobby Watson, and Winard Harper. After graduating Cleveland Hts. High and Cuyahoga Community College at the same time he began a scholarship at the esteemed Oberlin Conservatory. Here he study with jazz greats like Marcus Belgrave, Billy Hart, and Gary Bartz.

While studying Donald continued to demonstrate his musical gift performing with Gerald Wilson, Billy Hart, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Heath, Eric Lewis, Frank Foster, Roscoe Mitchell, Donald Byrd and the Jazz Heritage Orchestra to name a few. He also became aware of his gift for composition. During this time he was commissioned to compose the piece “Stark Winters” for the independent film “Man Cry” which was played by Two of a Kind, a two trumpets quintet co-lead by Donald and trumpeter Curtis Taylor. Also he composed a four movement suite for the Jazz Heritage Orchestra entitled “Spirit of New Orleans.”

Upon graduating from Oberlin Donald is now residing in New Jersey and continuing his studies as a graduate student at Rutgers. Here he is studying with the great William Fielder. Since he moved to the east coast he performed with Eddie Palmieri, Ed Simon, Conrad Herwig, Johnathon Blake, and Frank Sinatra Jr.

Through all of his experiences thus far Donald has now completed his debut album “Spirituality”. He has gone back to his spiritual roots, combining the music for the African deities of the Yoruba tribe (Orisha) and jazz. Each song on the album embodies different aspects of Spirit be it love, femininity, masculinity, aggression, destiny, or wisdom. These energies represent different aspects God, and through this music, the creator is praised.

Donald continues to push forward. He is always being inspired and is determined to transcend past boundaries of what has come before him and find new ways to express experiences of life, because that’s what music is. LIFE. A person can never lay stagnant. You either move onward and upward or downward and backward.



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Il fait partie des meilleurs disques de jazz que j'ai entendus. Uplift est très enlevant. Je le cherchais depuis quelques jours et c'est ici que je l'ai trouvé.