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African Dawn

  • 1. Blues for a Hip King
    2. Sunshine of Your Smile
    3. African Dawn
    4. African Piano
    5. 'Round Midnight
    6. Just You, Just Me
    7. Blue Monk
    8. For Coltrane
    9. For Monk
    10. Flower Is a Lovesome Thing, A
    11. Children's Corner
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4030

  • Credits
    ProducerMatthias Winckelmann
    EngineerCarlos Albrecht

    Solo performer: Abdullah Ibrahim (piano).
    Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg, Germany on June 7, 1982.
    On this solo piano set, Abdullah Ibrahim pays tributes to some of his musical heroes: Thelonious Monk ("'Round Midnight," "Just You, Just Me," "Blue Monk," and "For Monk"), John Coltrane ("For Coltrane"), and Billy Strayhorn ("A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing"), although surprisingly not Duke Ellington this time. But even on the direct tributes (which are sometimes a bit abstract), Ibrahim sounds very much like himself. The pianist, who also contributed five other colorful originals, displays his South African heritage and his optimistic view of the future in his unique brand of jazz. African Dawn is a fine example of his solo piano talents. ~ Scott Yanow

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