Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dollar Brand

Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim (then known as Dollar Brand) was a newcomer to Europe in 1963, having recently left his homeland South Africa. His wife Bea Benjamin had persuaded Duke Ellington to see Brand perform, and he was so impressed that he produced Brand on a record date for Reprise with Dollar's trio (which included bassist Johnny Gertze and drummer Makaya Ntshoko), reissued on CD in 1997. Brand, who at the time was very influenced by Thelonious Monk and (to a lesser extent) Ellington, performs five originals plus Monk's "Brilliant Corners." Although his style was not as distinctive as it would become (there is little heard of his country's folk music), this is a consistently stimulating, exploratory and recommended, if (at 33-minutes) brief set.
Scott Yanow
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Dollar Brand
Duke Ellington Presents the Dollar Brand Trio


1 Dollar's Dance (Brand) 5:09
2 Kippi (Brand) 4:04
3 Brilliant Corners (Monk) 6:49
4 Jumping Rope (Brand) 4:07
5 Ubu Suku (Brand) 8:01
6 The Stride (Brand) 5:00

Dollar Brand - p
Johnny Gertze - b
Makaya Ntshoko - dr

Recorded February 1963


Melanchthon said...

rubberduck said...

I love Dollar Brand- Abdullah Ibrahim music.

This one was missing in my collection.
Thanks for all, Mel.