Dollar Brand piano
Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality
Sunset In Blue
Jabulani Easter Joy
Recorded October 1969
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.
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As part of the The story of our listening series this historical title has been mastered from original analog sources and reissued in January 2014. To view the complete list of reissued titles please click here.