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Ku-Umba: A Review
Jeff Albert


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T.E. Priemon is an artist. He uses photographic techniques to interpret musical performances through a concept he has named photonality. His most recent book is entitled “Ku-Umba”, and trombonist Ku-Umba Frank Lacy serves as both the inspiration and visual focus of this particular collection of art.

"Ku-Umba” is available in a signed, numbered, limited edition of 200. Each book includes an original silver gelatin print. Given the nature of their limited edition printing, the books are not inexpensive, but if your interests include visual arts or photography, and trombonists in general or Ku-Umba Frank Lacy in particular, then this book is worth investigating. The images are striking, and share an aesthetic with modern improvised music. Some of the images are stark and simple, while others are visually quite cacophonous.

To see examples of photonality and for ordering information visit T.E. Priemon’s website, and for a deeper look at the concept of photonality, there is an excellent article on All About Jazz.com.


Jeff Albert is a professional trombonist based in the New Orleans area. For more information on Jeff, please visit his website.

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