Blues for District Six

early one new year’s morning when the emerald bay waved its clear waters against the noisy dockyard a restless south easter skipped over slumbering lion’s head danced up hanover street tenored a bawdy banjo strung an ancient cello bridged a host of guitars tambourined through a dingy alley into a scented cobwebbed room and crackled […]

Dream Time (Solo Piano) – Abdullah Ibrahim (Enja)

Dream

South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim was 84 when he performed this remarkable solo concert a year ago at a small recital hall in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps, where he now makes his home. Even at his advanced age, he remains a superb stylist, focusing on nuance, mood and melody above thunder […]

Jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim maintains ‘The Balance’ in life and music

Abdullah Ibrahim

For more than six decades, South African jazz piano virtuoso Abdullah Ibrahim has delighted and enlightened audiences around the world. During his first years on the scene, Ibrahim (born Adolph Johannes Brand in Cape Town) kept company with giants like John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman, as well as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Coltrane and Coleman, whom he […]