A Celebration

A Celebration

by Abdullah IbrahimAbdullah Ibrahim

CD(German Import)

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Overview

To celebrate the 70th birthday of pianist/composer/bandleader Abdullah Ibrahim and his 35th year recording for Enja, this set of previously released music was put out in 2005. The liner notes sum up his life well and the picturesque music is diverse, highlighted by the celebratory "African Market Place," "The Mountain," and "Mindif," although surprisingly the beautiful "The Wedding" is not included. Ibrahim has recorded so much material through the years that a single CD cannot sum up his legacy, and this one only covers part of his long recording career, which began around 1960. Ibrahim is heard with several different groups (including a string orchestra on "Mannenberg Revisited"), with six of the 13 selections being with a trio, duo, or solo. The one minus is the concluding "Calypso Minor Remixed," which is an unnecessary attempt to "update" Ibrahim's music through the utilization of DJ Explizit; the results are dull and trivial. Although worth picking up for those unfamiliar with the masterful Abdullah Ibrahim's music, his more unified projects are superior acquisitions.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2004
Label: Imports
UPC: 0063757947622
catalogNumber: 78964
Rank: 83788

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Abdullah Ibrahim   Primary Artist,Piano,Soprano Saxophone,Vocals,Bamboo Flute
Roy Brooks   Drums
Johnny Dyani   Bass,Vocals
Ricky Ford   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Billy Higgins   Drums
Cecil McBee   Bass
Carlos Ward   Flute,Saxophone
Charles Davis   Saxophone
John Betsch   Drums
Ben Riley   Drums
Craig Handy   Saxophone
George Gray   Drums
Dick Griffin   Trombone
Don Mumford   Drums
Essiet Okon Ossiet   Bass
Benny Powell   Trombone
Belden Bullock   Bass
David E. Williams   Bass
Talib Qadr   Saxophone
Johnny Classens Kumalo   Vocals

Technical Credits

Abdullah Ibrahim   Arranger,Composer
Traditional   Composer

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