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Desert Flowers
Abdullah Ibrahim
Desert Flowers
Genres: World Music, Jazz
 
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This reissue of a 1992 release is obviously a paen to Abdullah's native South Africa, post-apartheid. But instead of the township rhythms that have characterized his work in the past, this record is very meditative, eve...  more »

      
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All Artists: Abdullah Ibrahim
Title: Desert Flowers
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Enja
Release Date: 6/24/1993
Genres: World Music, Jazz
Styles: Africa, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227968021

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This reissue of a 1992 release is obviously a paen to Abdullah's native South Africa, post-apartheid. But instead of the township rhythms that have characterized his work in the past, this record is very meditative, even when he moves from piano to synthesizer, as on "The Praise Song" and "Mizu/Water." There are allusions to Thelonious Monk in some of the jagged edges (although considerably smoothed down), and a soft version of "Come Sunday" by Ibrahim's mentor, Duke Ellington, whose spirit seems to inform this. Like looking over the veldt as dusk falls, it inspires reflection and some awe at the quiet mastery. And on the two songs here (sung by Ibrahim), it's apparent that he's a lyricist of some distinction. Maybe not his best, but still lovely. --Chris Nickson

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A pleasent, tranquil, and engaging work by a jazz master
08/24/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Surprizingly this album begins with a synth modulation and still manages to command respect. Ibrahim masterfully blends the synthecized sounds to give them soothing warmth and richly stated character. That, however, is only the first track. On acoustic piano he takes you through the rest of the cd with a conversational gate that at times verges on monotone but never becomes dull. This is a wonderful work to relax quietly with or have on for a candle lit dinner."