Faruq Z. Bey 2003
Photograph: Robert Barclay
Faruq Z. Bey
Faruq Z. Bey was born February 4th, 1942. Died June 1, 2012
Composer, poet, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones.
born and founder of the legendary Detroit ensemble Griot Galaxy
"Griot Galaxy's quilt features bright tight horn arrangements
that make the front line sound almost like the World Saxophone Trio".
Kevin Whitehead '85
Jazz fans and music critics proclaimed Griot Galaxy as the premiere new music band in Detroit during the late 70's
and 80's. In the late 1980's Faruq was involved in a serious motorcycle accident which led to the demise of Griot Galaxy. Since this time (some collaborations date back to earlier times) Faruq has led and been involved in several
music ensembles and projects. Some of them include;
"Bey resides as a forceful presence throughout evidenced by his
soul searching choruses, wrapped around a robust tenor sax tone.
At times memories of later-day Coltrane come to mind".
cd "Ashirai Pattern" Glen Astaria; All Music Guide '03
Faruq has published two books of his poetry as well as a book of music
Kim Heron has published an excellent article on Faruq in the
Detroit Metro Times.
The Panopticon Review; a tribute to Faruq Z. Bey, his life and work.
Faruq Z. Bey Metro Times Obituary Story in Metro Times: