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Shamek Farrah - First Impressions
Shamek Farrah - First Impressions
Performer: Shamek Farrah
Title: First Impressions
Label: Strata-East
Country: US
Style: Soul-Jazz, Post Bop, Free Jazz
Cat: SES-7412
Rating: 4.5/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
FLAC size: 1868 mb | MP3 size: 2502 mb | WMA size: 2627 mb
Genre: Jazz

1Watch What Happens Now
Written-By – Fredger Dupree
2Meterologicaly Tuned
Written-By – Shamek Farrah
3Umoja Suite
Written-By – Norman Person
4First Impressions
Written-By – Shamek Farrah


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
SES-7412Shamek Farrah First Impressions ‎(LP, Album)Strata-EastSES-7412US1974
SES-7412Shamek Farrah First Impressions ‎(LP, Album, Promo)Strata-EastSES-7412US1974
SES-7412Shamek Farrah First Impressions ‎(LP, RE, RM, TP, 180)Pure Pleasure Records, Strata-EastSES-7412UK2018
SES-7412, BOM22185Shamek Farrah First Impressions ‎(CD, Album, RE)Strata-East, Bomba Records SES-7412, BOM22185Japan2003
PPAN SES-7412, SES-7412Shamek Farrah First Impressions ‎(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 180)Pure Pleasure Analogue, Strata-EastPPAN SES-7412, SES-7412UK2018


  • Alto Saxophone, ProducerShamek Farrah
  • BassMilton Suggs
  • CongasCalvert "Bo" Satter-White
  • DrumsRon Warwell
  • GraphicsJerry Harris
  • PercussionKenny Harper
  • Photography ByRichard Hinson
  • PianoSonelius Smith
  • Recorded ByGeoff Daking, George Klabin
  • TrumpetNorman Person


Recorded and mixed at Sound Ideas Studio, New York City.
All tunes: Supreme Reality Publ. Co.
Produced by Shamek Farrah/Janfar Productions.

This is the 1990s reissue.
The labels are missing the Strata-East NY address that can be found on the original press.
Originally released in 1974.


  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, etched): SES-7412 A
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, etched): SES-7412 B
  • Rights Society: BMI


  • Published By – Supreme Reality Publ. Co.
  • Produced For – Janfar Productions
  • Recorded At – Sound Ideas Studios
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Strata-East Records, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Strata-East Records, Inc.



This is no exception. Who is Shamek Farrah Who knows Who cares It's the music that's important. This is the standard spiritually intense new jazz one learns to expect from the label, soaked in some Eastern influences but always with its ear to the street. Musicians took their roles as leaders and spokesmen very seriously back then. This very adult statement from a group of very serious men is no exception. Shamek Farrah: First Impressions. Launched by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and pianist Stanley Cowell in New York in 1971, the Strata-East label became synonymous with the black-consciousness informed spiritual-jazz movement which was perhaps the crowning glory of African American music during the 1970s. Alongside Tolliver and Cowell, forward-looking musicians who recorded for Strata-East, attracted by its laissez-faire artistic policy and radical socio-cultural outlook, included Pharoah Sanders, Charles Brackeen, Clifford Jordan, the. Shamek Farrah is an alto saxophone player, who was featured on many Strata-East Records albums, and released two albums on the label as leader. He was born Anthony Domacase in New York City, New York. He began studying the alto saxophone under Garvin Bushel at age 12. In the late 1960s he began. Listen free to Shamek Farrah First Impressions Meterologicly Tuned, Watch What Happens Now and more. 4 tracks 35:25. Shamek Farrah. First Impressions CD, Album, RE. Bomba Records 4, Strata-East. BOM1408, SES 7412. Vender esta versión. SRLP023. First Impressions LP, Album, Ltd, RE. Shamek Farrah - First Impressions. On this page you can download song Shamek Farrah - First Impressions in mp3 and listen online. First Impressions. First Impressions is a music album by Shamek Farrah released in 1974. First Impressions is ranked 51,516th in the overall chart, 5,194th in the 1970s, and 496th in the year 1974. This album is rated in the top 12 of all albums on . SHAMEK FARRAH-FIRST IMPRESSIONS-REMASTERED 2018 LMTD 180g VINYL LP-NEW & SEALED Condition: New. Time left: 8d 20h 17m 31s Ships to: Worldwide. Shamek Farrah - First Impressions LP Audiophile Strata East Reissue Condition: New. First Impressions 1974. Album by Shamek Farrah. was sampled in. Yamu Machi by Microphone Pager 1995. Shamek Farrah alto saxophone. Norman Person trumpet. Kasa Mu-Barak piano. Milton Suggs bass. Clay Herndon drums, percussion. B1 - Umoja Suite. B2 - First impressions. Sonelius Smith piano. Titles include the massive bass sample track First Impressions a symphony of dark, descending chord structures plus Meterologicly Tuned, Watch What Happens Now, and Umoja Suite. Incredible good Dusty Groove, Inc. If you find it, buy this album Posted by Vitko at 1:28 AM. Email This BlogThis

Comments (1)
"First Impressions" is one of the very best tunes in the strata east catalogue, fantastic piece of free improvised groove jazz. The players are kind of doing there solos together at the same time, but never loose touch to that bassline groove, outstanding, free, but never too free, just really soulful interaction and a mysterious ancient vibe to it.

IMO, this is the best tune on the LP, I never listened to the other ones in years.

Q-Tip sampled this bassline for one of the A Tribe Called Quest records.

Reissues without the "New York" address printed on the otherwise identical label fetched up to 300$ on ebay on a regular basis a couple of years ago, if you don't believe me, check out popsike, I believe this is, because people were not aware of the repress, which is definitely rare too. http://www.popsike.com/SHAMEK-FARRAHFIRST-IMPRESSIONS-1974-LP-RECORDNR-MINT/250608975817.html

I bought my copy at the end of the 90ties at Soultrade Records and never (!) saw it again in any record store.

The sound quality is good enough, but I never had a chance to compare to an original pressing.