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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Intuition
  • ASIN: B001ET21JO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ocean & The River 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. Senzo - Contours And Time 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
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The name Abdullah Ibrahim is as inextricably linked with jazz history as those of Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, or Don Cherry. Indeed, the pianist has collaborated closely with all of these musicians.
Born in Cape Town in 1934 as Adolphe Johannes Brand, from 1949 he gained a reputation as an exceptional musician under the name Dollar Brand. Leaving for Europe in 1962, he worked primarily in Switzerland and Denmark and was discovered by Duke Ellington in 1965, who brought him to New York.

A triumph at the Newport Jazz Festival became his ticket to the jazz major leagues. He was a member of the New York avant-garde scene, and playing with Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane he not only honed his improvisation skills but also set out on a spiritual path that he has not left to this day. He always maintained his strong musical ties with Africa but continually sought alliances in Europe and Asia, working with musicians like Don Cherry, Gato Barbieri, and the legendary South African bassist, Johnny Dyani. Converting to Islam in 1968 he took the name Abdullah Ibrahim, and became a leading figure in the integration of American jazz and African roots music.

On his new album 'Senzo', Abdullah Ibrahim is heard solo at the piano. His sound on this recording for the German radio station WDR has a staggering clarity and the series of linked intimate improvised short pieces make up a whole that is quite simply disarmingly beautiful music. The recording becomes a stream of consciousness that begins long before the first note and does not end with the last.

Abdullah Ibrahim (piano)


(4 stars) Soulful melodies and gently rolling township grooves...the sound here is of spiritual tranquillity...'For Coltrane' is a passionate highlight. -- The Times, (John Bungey), November 15, 2008 takes a while for the rolling thunder of those hymnbook chords to work its magic; then the genius builds.
-- The Independent on Sunday, (Phil Johnson), October 26, 2008

A masterly and extremely atmospheric performance. -- Jazzwise, (Brian Priestley), December 2008 / January 2009

Outstanding. Wonderful solo piano recording by the great South African composer...What so impresses is his storyteller's gift...excellent recording... -- The Independent on Sunday, (Phil Johnson), October 26, 2008

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. S. Michoux on 2 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
Senzo is the most thought provoking piece of classical jazz piano body of work that I have heard in forever. All the pieces flow into each other like a conversation and after the second time one listens to the album, it feels as if a very dear friend is whispering to you promises of dreams that uplift the heart and soul. A truly special dialogue between creator and piano and defintely worth listening to again and again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By twohams on 29 Oct 2009
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Brilliantly performed, this rivals "African Magic" as my most liked album by him. They are almost 'sister' records as some of the tracks are duplicated, but given totally different treatments. I prefer his work to be mostly piano as you can hear every nuance. I would also recommend ZOE RAHMAN if you like this. Top chilled piano brilliance.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Like a private concert at home! 20 Jun 2009
By David J. Ohanlon - Published on
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I'm not usually one for solo piano albums but as Abdullah Ibrahim is one of my favourite all-time artists I decided to give this a try. After a highly promising start (the opener "Ocean and the River" is excellent), the chords on the next four pieces may seem a little choppy & jangly on first listen with something of a lack of "light and shade" (one should note that the whole album is joined together as a "suite" so that the listener has to get used to a lack of specific "pausing for air" or "getting in the zone" for each piece). However, if you stick with it & get used to the style great wonders abound (& indeed from almost skipping past "Blues for a Hip King" (Track 6) on first listen it is now one of my favourites).
Each listen truly unveils more & more layers of texture and especially from Track 8 ("Tookah"), a bright boppy break after "Third Line Samba", each track seems better able to assert its own character with Tookah itself being followed by the excellent, rollicking "Pula (Rain)" & then the down tempo, reflective "For Coltrane". Also "Banyana" is a lovely interlude between "Meditation" & "Mamma".
So, overall a highly satisfying album (if you sit back & close your eyes without any other distractions you can almost imagine Ibrahim performing a private concert just for you in your own home) but largely in the nature of a retrospective rather than anything groundbreaking.
Nonetheless definitely recommended.
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Dollar Brand 5 Jun 2013
By Bruce Hart - Published on
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Abdullah Ibrahim was the name he took when he converted to his religious beliefs. I have been a fan of his music since I first heard him in the 1970's. This is an excellent Cd and as I have many others I hesitate to categorise. Unlike many jazz musicians Abdullah rarely makes a mediocre presentation of his music and this is no exception. I highly recommend Senzo.
Five Stars 12 Nov 2014
By carol march - Published on
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His music is alway wonderful listening.
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It's Amazing! 3 Dec 2008
By Sue R. Morin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Abdullah Ibrahim's new recording is gorgeous. The word Senzo means ancestors. Ibrahim's piano calls to all of them, around the world and beyond. Indescribable.
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