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African Piano
Dollar Brand
African Piano
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Dollar Brand
Title: African Piano
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ecm Import
Release Date: 1/30/2001
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Import
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Africa, Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 042283502024

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His finest album
David Gary Roberts | Oakland, CA USA | 09/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An (almost) solo live gig recorded in a Scandinavian jazz club accompanied by much loud eating, drinking and conversation. It's hard to believe that anyone with a working set of ears would not be completely transfixed by this intense and committed performance - my meatballs would have certainly remained untouched until the last note had faded away. Thankfully, the background noise does not interfere with the listeners enjoyment. I first heard this record 20 years ago and even though I spent several of those years without a copy, the indelible impression left by this blend of South African folk melodies and modern jazz sensibility bound together with a constant muscular, supple rhythmic pulse and an almost tangible spiritual sincerity, has kept it as one of my most beloved of all albums. A "must buy" for any Dollar Brand fan, along with "Good News From Africa", the excellent album of duets with bass player (and fellow South African) Johnny Dyani."
Dollar Brand 's 'African Piano' dances with your senses
duncan spencer | Guernsey, Channel Islands, GB | 11/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The South African born performer and composer, Dollar Brand (now Abdullah Ibrahim), starts his `African Piano' like some amiable pub pianist idly shuffling the keys of an old piano in the quiet corner of some down-town bar. This mood soon changes as the music develops into an incredibly hypnotic rhythm that dances with your senses and fills you with delight until the very end of the album. This is music that is impossible to categorise, a mix of jazz, blues, gospel, Arabic and traditional African folk tunes fused together to create a wonderfully evocative sound. For many, this music represented the optimism and hope of Soweto during the darkest days of apartheid. Abdullah Ibrahim's solo piano creates a multi-layered sound underlined by strong rhythms and enchanting melodies that seem to recapture the essential spirit of an African music that has escaped from that continent to blossom in the New World. To his many admirers, Abdullah Ibrahim is the `brother with perfect timing' and no other album demonstrates this accolade so well."
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Jean Francois | Reykjavik, Iceland | 12/24/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have met accomplished pianists who after hearing this album gave up playing the piano entirely and became monks."