Abdullah Ibrahim - African Piano | ECM 3743552

Abdullah Ibrahim - African Piano


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Label: ECM

Cat No: 3743552

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 27th January 2014



Abdullah Ibrahim (piano)


Abdullah Ibrahim (piano)


Sometimes a musical message is so urgent that questions of recording quality are almost beside the point. Informally recorded in 1969 in a noisy club – Copenhagen’s famous Jazzhus Montmartre – the flavour of this album is ‘documentary’ rather than luxuriantly hi-fidelity, yet the essence of Abdullah Ibrahim’s communication comes through loud and clear. The listener is drawn into the robust rhythms of his solo piano style, as he re-examines the history of jazz from a South African perspective, with echoes of songs of the townships, and vamps that hint of Monk and Duke and much more. African Piano was a highly influential album, and it has lost none of its power.

1. Bra Joe from Kilimanjaro
2. Selby That the Eternal Spirit is the Only Reality
3. The Moon
4. Xaba
5. Sunset in Blue
6. Kippy
7. Jabulani ­ Easter Joy
8. Tintiyana

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