Sunday, December 20, 2009
Abdullah IBRAHIM (Dollar Brand) - Anatomy Of A South African Village 1965
Here is one of the very great records by Dollar Brand/Abdullah Ibrahim.Just one of the best ones.Just an outstanding moment of music.
I saw and heard Abdullah IBrahim on stage,one month ago in Besançon,France,playing solo acoustic piano;two hours of the greatest music I've ever heard,and I heard a lot.Abdullah,born Adolph Johannes Brand in Cape Town,1934,is one of the greatest jazz piano players of all times,and one of the last great players still alive,with Hank Jones and Randy Weston.
It's a pity that some of his greatest recorded works are still not available, ("live at the Blackhawk with Carlos Ward","Dollar Brand"in Poland with Ward;the immense "autobiography",recorded in Switzerland,1978,is issued now on CD in Europe,but doesn't seem to be available in the USA).
This extremely magnificent album,recorded January 30,.1965,in Copenhagen,will let you listen to Abdullah's african music.Except for "smoke gets in your eyes",the rest of the program is made of african-oriented tunes,even if you can find here Monk's or Elmo Hope's or Herbie Nichols' or Duke's influences.THis south african trio,made of Abdullah,Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on drums (the trio which recorded the very great "Duke Ellington presents the Dollar Brand trio",Reprise label),this trio plays here some of the most haunting music ever played.The twenty minutes long suite,which includes "Boulevard East","sunset in blue" and "Easter joy" is a very high moment in the art of jazz,or simply improvised piano playing.Makaya Ntshoko's drive on drums is terrific,you could think of beeing listening to Max Roach or Sam Woodyard.Here is some very great music,by one of the most original jazz piano players.Absolutely essential!!!
By JEAN-MARIE JUIF.
In the mid-1960's, Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand) was an avant-garde pianist influenced by Thelonious Monk who was not yet displaying much of his South African heritage in his music. This CD reissue is quite valuable for Ibrahim (in a trio with bassist Johnny Gertze and drummer Makaya Ntshoko) performs the intriguing title cut, brief versions of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Mamma" and a rather hypnotic suite. One of the better recordings of the early Abdullah Ibrahim
By Scott Yanow, AMG.
Dollar Brand- Piano
Johnny Gertze- Bass
Makaya Ntshoko- Drums
A1. Anatomy of a South African Village 15.11
A2. Light Blue 6:56
B1. Tintiyana 4:31
B2. Honey 6:01
B3. Round Midnight 6:30