Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya - African River

For this excellent date, pianist Abdullah Ibrahim performs eight of his compositions with a particularly strong group of players: trombonist Robin Eubanks, John Stubblefield on tenor and flute, Horace Alexander Young switching between soprano, alto and piccolo, Howard Johnson on tuba, baritone and trumpet, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Brian Abrahams. But more important than the individual players are the colorful ensembles and the frequently memorable compositions. Highlights include "African River," "Sweet Samba," "Duke 88" and a beautiful version of "The Wedding." - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Abdullah Ibrahim (aka. Dollar Brand) & Ekaya
Album: African River
Year: 1989
Label: Enja
Total time: 45:38

Tracks:
1.  Toi-Toi 3:30 
2.  African River 9:47 
3.  Joan - Capetown Flower 5:50 
4.  Chisa 4:27 
5.  Sweet Samba 5:56 
6.  Duke 88 8:31 
7.  The Wedding 3:59 
8.  The Mountain of the Night 3:34 
All compositions by Abdullah Ibrahim

Personnel:
Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand) (Piano)
Robin Eubanks (Trombone)
John Stubblefield (Flute, Tenor Saxophone and Piccolo)
Horace Alexander Young (Soprano and Alto Saxophone, Piccolo)
Howard Johnson (Tuba, Trumpet and Baritone Saxophone)
Buster Williams (Double Bass)
Brian Adams (Drums)

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