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Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano (CD: ECM)Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano (CD: ECM)
African Piano was a highly influential album, and it has lost none of its power - as can be heard on this CD reissue and new 180g vinyl album. Both versions are released for the first time under the name Abdullah Ibrahim instead of the pianist's original 'Dollar Brand' sobriquet.

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. (Proper Note) 


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Abdullah Ibrahim: African Piano (Vinyl LP: ECM)

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180g vinyl pressing. 


Abdullah Ibrahim: Good News From Africa (CD: Enja)
Reissue of Abdullah Ibrahim's 1973 duo recording with bassist Johnny Dyani, which was originally released on Enja in 1975 under the name, Dollar Brand Duo.

Pianist-composer Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly known as "Dollar Brand") has long ranked among South Africa's giants alongside Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba and the late Kippie Mokoetsi. A master of improvisation with a distinctive African edge, the exiled Cape Town musician has developed a musical style over the past 30 years that defies categorisation. Rather, it is a fascinating mosaic of diverse traditions including African rutal and township rhythms, classical jazz, and gospel. South African folk melodies are enriched with Western harmonies, coalescing into a gracefullly fluid and intensely spiritual whole.

Best known for his hypnotic and introspective stream-of-consciousness compositions and his innovative interpretations of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Billy Strayhorn classics, Ibrahim's music is at once accessible and complex, intriguing and lyrical. He has indefatigably explored and fused classical jazz with the multitude of influences that make up traditional and contemporary South African music. (Proper Music) 


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Abdullah Ibrahim: Good News From Africa (CD: Enja)


The Blue Notes: Township Bop (CD: Proper)The Blue Notes: Township Bop (CD: Proper)
This CD contains the very first recordings from the Blue Notes. The legendary South African Modern Jazz combo then featured the talents of Pianist Chris McGregor, trumpeter Mongezi Feza, saxophonists Dudu Pukwana and Nick Moyake, and drummer Louis Tebugo Moholo. The racial situation in South Africa forced the Blue Notes to leave the country in '64. They wondered through France, Switzerland and Scandanavia, before settling in London, where they were to have a profound effect on the British Jazz scene of the late 1960's. These extremely rare recordings have never before been released in the U.K or Europe. (Proper Records) 


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The Blue Notes: Before The Wind Changes (CD: Ogun)
 


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The Blue Notes: Before The Wind Changes (CD: Ogun)


Chris McGregor Group: Very Urgent (CD: Fledgling)Chris McGregor Group: Very Urgent (CD: Fledgling)
In 1968 the Chris McGregor Group were riding high on the London jazz scene, playing and hanging out with all the rising stars of British free jazz. This, their eagerly awaited debut recording, was a joyful call of intent. The album mixes simple but utterly unstoppable tunes and exhilarating horn charts - immediately establishing a vitality and exuberance that would continue to define the group. Nevertheless, their evident preference for raw energy and rough spirit over absolute precision never quite obscures the technical proficiency available to the ensemble. There is often a sense of things falling effortlessly into place that's only found in the most exceptional units.

The album was produced by Joe Boyd and engineered by John Wood at Sound Techniques studio in London, during the same months they were also working with several other luminaries of the Witchseason stable - Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and the Incredible String Band. Forty years later the passing years have not diminished the album’s impact. This is the third release in Fledg'ling Records' campaign to reissue McGregor’s wonderfully creative recordings from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Chris McGregor (piano), Dudu Pukwana (alto saxophone), Mongezi Feza (pocket trumpet),Ronnie Beer (tenor saxophone), Johnny Dyani (bass), Louis Moholo (drums). (Proper Music) 


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Chris McGregor Septet: Up To Earth (CD: Fledgling)
Sessions for the previously unreleased Up To Earth brought together a dream team of South African exiles and some of the finest young players on the British scene: Chris McGregor (piano), Mongezi Feza (trumpet), Dudu Pukwana (alto saxophone), Evan Parker (tenor saxophone), John Surman (baritone saxophone and bass clarinet), Barre Phillips or Danny Thompson (double bass) and Louis Moholo (drums). The album was produced by Joe Boyd and engineered by John Wood at Sound Techniques studio in London, during the same months they were also working with several other luminaries of the Witchseason stable - Fairport Convention, Nick Drake and The Incredible String Band.

The album was mastered and test pressings produced before the project was shelved. The group morphed into the spectacular big band - The Brotherhood Of Breath - and all energies were transferred to recording the Brotherhood’s debut album. (Proper Music) 


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Chris McGregor Septet: Up To Earth (CD: Fledgling)


Chris McGregor: Sea Breezes (Fledgling)Chris McGregor: Sea Breezes (Fledgling)
Splendid solo album recorded live in Durban in 1987 during a rare visit home to South Africa by the acclaimed composer and pianist Chris McGregor. 


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Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath: Live At Willisau (CD: Ogun)
 


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Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath: Live At Willisau (CD: Ogun)


Hugh Masekela: Home Is Where The Music Is (CD: Verve)Hugh Masekela: Home Is Where The Music Is (CD: Verve)
 


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