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Abdullah Ibrahim, aka Dollar Brand, born Adolph Johannes Brand, was born in Cape Town South Africa in 1934. He is credited with taking part in the first jazz recording session in South Africa, a date where he joined American pianist John Mohegan for Jazz in Africa. Since that time, Ibrahim has traveled widely, finally dividing his time between New York City and Capetown. Ekapa Ludumo is a long-awaited reunion of Ibrahim with the Nordeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) Big Band. It is a collection of Ibrahim compositions arranged by Steve Gray and Fritz Pauer.
was recorded live in Hamburg in June of 2000. Ibrahim introduces each piece and all compositions carry his distinct mark of South Africa and World Music. None of Ibrahim's charm or danger is lost in the orchestral arrangements. Ibrahim pilots from the piano bench, his earthy playing never buried by the band. Highlights are "African Market" and "Duke 88."
Track Listing: Kramat; Mindif; Black and Brown Cherries; Pule; African Market; Whoza Mtwana; Duke 88 (Total Time: 53:44).
Personnel: Abdullah Ibrahim: Piano; the NDR Big Band.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.