Memories

Memories

Originally released by the Japanese Philips label, this solo piano set by Abdullah Ibrahim is spiritual, authoritative, melodic, wistful, nostalgic, and powerful, and grows in interest with each listen. Not previously available domestically (usually the West Wind label puts out concert dates), this studio session pays tribute to aspects of South Africa, as well as to Bea Benjamin; there’s also a street parade and a medley of some of Ibrahim’s favorite standards (“Memories of You,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and “Cry Me a River”). An excellent set, this CD may be a little difficult to locate, but fans of the pianist will definitely want it.

Date

24 Feb 1988