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Ibrahim, Abdullah - African Piano (LP)



Abdullah Ibrahim, piano

Recorded live at Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen on 22 October 1969

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JAPO / ECM Records

JAPO 60002

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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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