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The melodic sounds of South Africa are fused with the improvisation of jazz and the technical proficiency of classical music by South Africa-born pianist Dollar Brand or, as he’s called himself since converting to Islam inAbdullah Ibrahim.
Since attracting international acclaim as a member of the Jazz Epistles, one of South Africa’s first jazz bands, Ibrahim has continued to explore new ground with his imaginative playing. Exposed to a variety of music as a youngster, including traditional African music, religious songs, and jazz, Ibrahim began studying piano at the age of seven. Ten years later, he joined the Jazz Epistles, a group featuring trumpet player Hugh Masekela and alto saxophonist Kippi Moeketsi. The band, which had been formed in by American pianist John Mehegan for a recording session, Jazz in Africa, had recorded the first jazz album by South African musicians.
InIbrahim left South Africa with vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin; the two were married inand temporarily settled in Zurich. Ellington was so impressed that he arranged a recording session for Ibrahim and the trio.
He continued to be supported by Ellington following the album’s release.
In addition to being booked to play at Ellington’s urging at the Newport Jazz Festival inIbrahim served as Ellington’s substitute and performed five shows with the Ellington Orchestra the following year. Shortly afterwards, he disbanded the trio and accepted an invitation to join Elvin Jones’ quartet. The collaboration with Jones lasted six months. After leaving the Jones quartet, he continued to be involved with a variety of projects.
Besides touring as a soloist inhe worked with bands led by Don Cherry and Bolreo Barbieri. Although he returned to South Africa to live inhe continued to divide his time between his birthplace and his adopted home in New York.
InIbrahim collaborated on an album and tour with jazz drummer Max Roach.
The following year, Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder arranged several of his compositions for a piece orchestra for a Swiss television production, and for a world tour undertaken by the full-sized Munich Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Yahr of the United States.
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Jazz At Radio Rai: No Fear No Die. About Abdullah Ibrahim The melodic sounds of South Africa are fused with the improvisation of jazz and the technical proficiency of classical music by South Africa-born pianist Dollar Brand or, as he’s called himself since converting to Islam inAbdullah Ibrahim.
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