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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B000005C86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Riva on July 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful album of sophisticated jazz. It's not jazz you will put on as a party backdrop, but if you are in the mood for listening to relaxing, lovely compositions, this is it.

I fell in love with the second track on the CD -- African Market -- while watching Claire Dennis' film Chocolat, for which this album is the soundtrack. This track enhances the final scene of the movie and conveys the unadulterated joy of a country's (Cameroon's) new independence.

The music combines the composer's African background with Western jazz, and the tunes are so imbued with nature, listening to them is like crossing the Gobi on a camel in the dusk with a cool breeze picking up, shifting clouds above and desert life moving all around you.

The melody Star Dance is slow, luscious romance. Think Bogie at an elegant party, laying eyes on Bacall for the first time, martini in hand, cigarette drooping from his lips.

The downside is that the CD is only about 39 minutes long - and one 4 1/2 minute track, Protée, is basically a man chanting what sounds like a Muslim prayer, with the same riff repeating over and over in the background.
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Abdullah Ibrahim (formerly Dollar Brand) has fallen in between two audiences: the hardcore jazz audience and less sophisticated jazz listeners. His music, rather like Pat Metheny's, could been seen as a precursor of "smooth jazz" or as a fellow traveler of "new age". This would be to underestimate it, but it points up the immediate appeal that most of his music has, and certainly this album.

Abdullah Ibrahim was born and bred in South Africa, and left that country for America, the home of jazz music. He has since returned to South Africa.

This album is rather typical of his work: fairly short, accessible pieces, mostly in mid-size ensemble, a format for which the artist has a Mingus-like affinity. Like that musician, he absorbed bebop without fitting into it or any of its immediate developments. He is really a seeker of tradition, American and African. He does not think much in terms of "soloing".On this album there is some small ensemble, chanting and solo-piano as well.

Odd that he isn't better known in America. It's unfortunate that there continues to be some reason to argue that Europeans have a better appreciation of jazz than Americans. Perhaps Americans are just ignorant perverse devils.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This jazz classic by the great South African (originally) performer could be a precurser of New Age music. Anyone with eclectic taste should give it a listen.
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