Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) - Ekaya (1983)
Artist: Abdullah Ibrahim
Title Of Album: Ekaya
Year Of Release: 1983
Genre: African Jazz, World Fusion
Total Time: 00:40:29
Total Size: 93mb
A gifted player, excellent on ballads and able to combine African rhythms and a jazz sensibility in a totally original manner. He began playing piano at seven, and was part of a superb group the Jazz Epistles with Hugh Masekela. This band made the first genuine South African jazz record in 1960. Brand, now known as Abdullah Ibrahim, left South Africa with his wife Sathima Bea Benjamin in 1962 and moved to Zurich. He met Duke Ellington there, who arranged a recording session with him in 1963 and then two years later sponsored an appearance by him at the Newport Jazz Festival. Brand played with Elvin Jones in 1966, toured Europe as a soloist and played in groups with such musicians as Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri and Johnny Gertze. He converted to Islam in 1968. After a return to South Africa and some extensive recording sessions in 1976, Ibrahim moved permanently to New York. He formed his septet Ekaya in 1983.
Pianist,composer Abdullah Ibrahim had one of his strongest groups for this studio date,
a septet LP with altoist Carlos Ward, tenor saxophonist Ricky Ford, baritonist Charles Davis,
trombonist Dick Griffin, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Ben Riley.
It is always enlightening to hear Ibrahim's originals, of which there are six on this out
of print LP, being performed by a medium-size band.
There is a great deal of beauty to be heard in these rich melodies;
if only this highly enjoyable and spiritual set would be reissued on CD.
It is always enlightening to hear Ibrahim's originals, of which there are six on this out of print LP, being performed by a medium-size band. There is a great deal of beauty to be heard in these rich melodies; if only this highly enjoyable and spiritual set would be reissued on CD.
By Scott Yanow, AMG.
01. Ekaya (7:40)
02. Sotho blue (5:40)
03. Ntyilo, Ntyilo (4:27)
04. Bra timing from Phomolong (5:07)
05. Ek sê ou Windhoek toe nou (8:03)
06. Cape Town (6:54)
Abdullah Ibrahim- Piano;
Carlos Ward- Alto Sax;
Ricky Ford- Tenor Sax;
Charles Davis- Baritone Sax;
Dick Griffin- Trombone;
Cecil McBee- Bass;
Ben Riley- Drums.
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