Saturday, June 26, 2010

Abdullah Ibrahim - Blues for a Hip King

This marvellous album from Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand) is as good way as any to start listening to this great South African jazz pianist. Listen to 'Sweet Basil Blues', its instantly catchy and it sounds very simple (probably fiendishly difficult actually!), and it certainly has a blues influence. All of Abdullah's self-penned tracks are like this. The musicians playing with him are of all of the highest quality, amongst the better known are Blue Mitchell and Basil Coetzee. Abdullah actually stood in for Duke Ellington in the early 60's, and his influence and Monk's can certainly be heard in his Piano playing. On a few tracks here Abdullah gives a nod to that American influence, playing covers of two Monk tunes, and some of his own compositions are clearly Monk/Ellington inspired. Its also worth mentioning the opening track 'Ornette's Cornet' which I believe is a reference to Ornette Coleman. These tracks are a mixture of trio and sextet tracks and I strongly recommend the album. - by SJ Buck, Amazon, com

Artist: Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand)
Album: Blues for a Hip King
Year: 1974-76
Quality: Easy CDDA flac, cue, artw.
Label: Kaz Records (1988)
Total time: 73:24

1. Ornette's Cornet (Abdullah Ibrahim) 5:23
2. All Day & All Night Long (Abdullah Ibrahim) 5:28
3. Sweet Basil Blues (Abdullah Ibrahim) 6:21
4. Blue Monk (Thelonious Monk) 6:06
5. Tsakwe Here Comes The Postman (Abdullah Ibrahim) 11:45
6. Blues For A Hip King (Abdullah Ibrahim) 9:47
7. Blues For B (Abdullah Ibrahim) 3:27
8. Mysterioso (Thelonious Monk) 4:41
9. Just You, Just Me (Jesse Green/Raymond Klages) 4:59
10. Eclipse At Dawn (Abdullah Ibrahim) 4:02
11. King Kong (Todd Matshikiza) 5:24
12. Khumbula Jane (Mackay Davashe) 5:54

Abdullah Ibrahim (aka Dollar Brand) (Piano)
Kippie Moeketsi (Alto Saxophone) - 4
Basil Coetzee (Tenor Saxophone, Flute) - 1-6
Duku Makasi (Tenor Saxophone) - 4
Sipho Gumede (Double Bass) - 4
Gilbert Mathews (Drums) - 4
Robbie Jansen (Alto Saxophone) - 1,2
Arthur Jacobs (Tenor Saxophone) - 1,2
Lionel Beukes (Fender Bass) - 1-3,5,6
Nazier Kapdi (Drums) - 1,2
Blue Mitchell (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) - 3,5,6
Buster Cooper (Trombone) - 3,5,6
Doug Sydes (Drums) - 3,5,6
Victor Ntoni (Double Bass) - 7-12
Makaya Ntshoko (Drums) - 7-12


  1. Great blog! Thank you for your hard work. Any chance of a re-up of Blues for a Hip King?


  3. could you re up this file please



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