JAPO 60002 LP
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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.
ABDULLAH IBRAHIM, piano
Jazzhus Montmartre, Copenhagen, October 22, 1969
01. Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro
02. Selby That The Eternal Spirit Is The Only Reality
03. The Moon
01. Sunset In The Blue
03. Jabulani - Easter Joy