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Ali Baba's Tahini

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Genres  Hard rock
Website  [1]
Genre  Hard rock
Years active  1997–2000, 2004
Active until  2011
Members  Jake Cinninger
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Origin  South Bend, Indiana, United States
Labels  SCIFidelity Records, Monkey Fuzz Records
Associated acts  Umphrey's McGee, Mother Vinegar, Half-Pint Jones, The Mantras, The Natti Lovejoys, The Rebelles, The Squirm Orchestra, Luworm
Albums  Limbo Boots, Hopi Champa, Rockstars and Lawnmowers, Living Room

Ali Baba's Tahini is a South Bend, Indiana quintet that incorporates everything from jazz and fusion to rock and avant garde. The band, which formed in 1997, made a name for themselves on the Midwest club circuit and began sharing gigs with an up-and-coming Umphrey's McGee.


The original group featured bassist/vocalist Karl Engelmann, guitarist/vocalist Jake Cinninger, and drummer Steve Krojniewski. They released their debut album Hopi Champa in 1999. The album has become a sought-after collectors item since going out of print in 2002.

Engelmann left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Kahlil Smylie for the album Limbo Boots. The departure of Engelmann, one of the band's main songwriters and singers, was a drastic change for the band. A few months later, Cinninger disbanded Ali Baba's Tahini to join Umphrey's McGee, where he remains to this day.

Three years later in 2003, a four-man Ali Baba's Tahini (with Smylie on bass and Engelmann on guitar) reunited for a one-off performance in Niles, Michigan.

The following year, the original lineup of the band (Engelmann/Cinninger/Krojniewski) reunited in the North Carolina mountains to record the album Rockstars and Lawnmowers.

Engelmann fronted Asheville-based rock band Mother Vinegar from 2004–2007, who, along with Umphrey's McGee, performed a number of Ali Baba's Tahini songs in concert.

The band recorded Rockstars and Lawnmowers with former Mother Vinegar bassist Jeff Hinkle. Ali Baba's Tahini has been hard at work on their new release, slated for Spring '09, which will feature new member and songwriter, Justin W. Powell (The Mantras) on keyboards.

A mini-tour through the midwest followed shortly after the release of Living Room. ABT also did a one off appearance at Summercamp Music Festival to a crowd of over 4000 in 2011.


  • Hopi Champa (1999) (Engelmann/Cinninger/Krojniewski)
  • Limbo Boots (2000) (Smylie/Cinninger/Krojniewski)
  • Rockstars and Lawnmowers (2005) (Engelmann/Cinninger/Krojniewski)
  • Living Room (2010)
  • Current members

    Karl Engelmann: guitar, vocals, bass

    Jake Cinninger: guitar, vocals

    Steve Krojniewski: drums

    Justin W. Powell - Keys, vocals

    Jeff Hinkle - Bass


    Dose of the Real WorldLiving Room · 2010
    Cold Beers at Mickey's PubLiving Room · 2010
    Rollin' OnLiving Room · 2010


    Ali Baba's Tahini Wikipedia

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