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To celebrate the 70th birthday of pianist/composer/bandleader Abdullah Ibrahim and his 35th year recording for Enja, this set of previously released music was put out in 2005. The liner notes sum up his life well and the picturesque music is diverse, highlighted by the celebratory "African Market Place," "The Mountain," and "Mindif," although surprisingly the beautiful "The Wedding" is not included. Ibrahim has recorded so much material through the years that a single CD cannot sum up his legacy, and this one only covers part of his long recording career, which began around 1960. Ibrahim is heard with several different groups (including a string orchestra on "Mannenberg Revisited"), with six of the 13 selections being with a trio, duo, or solo. The one minus is the concluding "Calypso Minor Remixed," which is an unnecessary attempt to "update" Ibrahim's music through the utilization of DJ Explizit; the results are dull and trivial. Although worth picking up for those unfamiliar with the masterful Abdullah Ibrahim's music, his more unified projects are superior acquisitions.


Born: 09 October 1934 in Cape Town, South Africa

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The melodic sounds of South Africa are fused with the improvisation of jazz and the technical proficiency of classical music by South Africa-born pianist Dollar Brand or, as he's called himself since converting to Islam in 1968, Abdullah Ibrahim. Since attracting international acclaim as a member of the Jazz Epistles, one of South Africa's first jazz bands, Ibrahim has continued to explore new ground with his imaginative playing. Exposed to a variety of music as a youngster, including traditional...
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A Celebration, Abdullah Ibrahim
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  • 9,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2005

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