Friday, January 8, 2010
Abdullah IBRAHIM (Dollar Brand) & Max ROACH - Streams Of Conciousness 1977
1978 Issue RVJ 6016
Good stuff. The title hints at nutty free-jazz but apart from some rowdy moments on the 21-minute title track this is very fine and cool stuff. Both play with good humour and Ibrahim especially throws some eccentric world music & avantgarde curveballs at Roach, but their chemistry is excellent and things never get boring and neither one ever steals the spot. It's too bad that they didn't record more together, this is simply very fine stuff.
Abdullah Ibrahim and Max Roach entered the studio in 1977 with no preplanning of any kind, producing a powerful session of duo improvisation, Streams of Consciousness. Their long opener, the title track, is never dull, even at 21 minutes. Roach provides unaccompanied segues as Ibrahim repeatedly ducks out and returns with one after another powerful theme (each one complemented beautifully by the drummer), which touch on African chants, gospel-like themes, along with a bit of avant-garde. "Acclamation" has the feeling of being composed, building to a feverish pitch before ending quietly with Roach's unaccompanied cymbals. Roach is initially at the forefront of "Consanguinity," with Ibrahim inserting brief, choppy chords, though the pianist takes on a much greater role as it progresses, finishing with a wave of tremolo chords. Sadly, they have yet to record together in the decades following this making of this remarkable recording. Originally issued by the Japanese label Baystate.
By Ken Dryden.
Max Roach- (Drums);
Abdullah Ibrahim- (Piano);
A1. Streams of Consciousness 21:01
B1. Inception 3:53
B2. Acclamation 9:29
B3. Consanguinity 6:55