Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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This recording captured the "liveness" of the performance.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After being present at Sweet Basils when this was recorded we were pleasantly surprised that the disk did capture the nuances of the performances. Evident is the spiritualness of Ibrahim's playing and an amazing cohesivess and communication of this trio. The sounds of live audience response (and some clattering dishes) added to the atmosphere of being at one of New York's legendary jazz hot spots. And do pay particular attention to the musicality exhibited by George Johnson, drummer - exceptional and sensitive - as was the bassist Marcus McLaurine. An exceptional evening and recording."
David J. Ohanlon | Lilyfield, NSW Australia | 10/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded live in 1995 at the Sweet Basil in NYC, this disc & performance captures a relaxed, masterful Ibrahim playing a collection of his most "popular" tunes with Marcus McLaurine on bass & George Johnson on drums. The whole set oozes quiet intimacy, with relaxed, subtle & intricate playing. The whole ensemble is excellent, both individually & collectively & Johnson's occasional skittering (yet never frantic) drum & cymbal work is a particular highlight. What partly makes Ibrahim essential listening is his ability to seamlessly integrate rhythms from his native Africa with western bebop traditions & Middle eastern modes. This helps explain why you can never predict exactly what chord or phrasing will follow the wonderful spaces he leaves in his playing. Highlights are the opener Nisa, the evergreeen Cherry Mannenburg & the closer Barakaat ('Blessings") although it's a pity African Marketplace is not played in full. Nevertheless, thoroughly recommended, particularly those wondering how best to start an Ibrahim collection."