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Ambiance

Influenced by the modal jazz of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, McCoy Tyner and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ambiance was an excellent but little known post-bop group that was active in Los Angeles in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ambiance reflected the spiritual outlook of its founder and leader Daoud Abubakar Balewa, a saxophonist/flutist who also played African and Latin percussion and was heavily influenced by world music. Other members of the group included singer Monife Balewa, percussionist/singer Atiji Malomon, pianist Kimo Cornwell, keyboardist/composer Danny Newmark, bassist Randy Landis and guitarist Jim Lum, among others. Ambiance recorded several LPs for Daoud Abubakar Balewa's Da-Mon label in the late 1970s and early 1980s--including Ebun, Drift Up to Space, Tight and Tidy and Into A New Journey--before breaking up. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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nhale8283 is correct. I saw them compete in the Queens of Harmony competition at the Internationa l s in Nashville back in 1998 I think it was.
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lilprairiefa l c o n
Nikki I was just thinking the same thing when I saw your post. Ambiance can ring chords but I'm not sure that Daoud or Kimo knows what that means. lol/
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nhale8283
Your information is applied to the wrong "Ambiance" group. The group that recorded "I hear a Rhapsody" is an Internationa l Queens of Harmony from the late 1980's of the Sweet Adeline Internationa l organization . Their unique style and perfectly matched voices set a whole new standard for qurtets at the Internationa l level.
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It's good to see that Daoud is getting some recognition - I wrote and played on Ambiance Fusion II "Come Touch Tomorrow" and "Colors In Space" - Good music, good days!
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Incidentally - their redition of "Rhapsody in Blue" is incredible!
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You must have a wire crossed...Th e r e may indeed be a modal jazz combo called "Ambiance" - but the ones who share their sound with the likes of Panache, the BUZZ, and Rumors, to name a few, were Internationa l Queens of Harmony for Sweet Adeline, Internationa l . . . t h e women's barbershop organization ! Sorry - I can't remember the year...Suppo s e d l y it was the one and only year they competed!
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sassyjan
YOU ARE SO RIGHT CATHY
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cajacobs
I believe that the group you describe above as Ambiance is not the same Ambiance that sings "Love is Here to Stay" and other songs. That group is a female barbershop quartet (i.e. Sweet Adelines Internationa l ) which you can see at http://www.s i n g e r s . c o m / b a r b e r s h o p / a m b i a n c e . h t m l . Cathy Jacobs, cajacobs@vt. e d u

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